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MATHIAS , JAMES GORONWY ( Goronwy Ddu ; 1842 - 1895 ), Baptist minister and littérateur .

Born at Manchester , 1842 , but moved at an early age to Penrhyn-coch, Cards. , where he was baptized and encouraged to preach . He moved in 1873 to Aberdare , becoming a member at Ynys-lwyd , and thence in 1874 to the Rhymney Valley , taking pastoral charge of the small church of Bethania , Troedrhiw'r-fuwch . He subsequently held the pastorates of Ramah and Erwood , Brecknock ( 1875-1881 ), Llansantffraid and Glyndyfrdwy ( 1881-7 ), and, after a period of retirement at Corwen until 1893 , the English church at Pontlottyn , where he d. 18 Feb. 1895 , at the age of 53. He was buried at Erwood .

He is best remembered for his literary activities. He was for some time in partnership with T. Edmunds , printer , at Corwen ; he was the founder and editor of the eight numbers of Y Llenor Cymreig which were published at Corwen between Jan. 1882 and Oct. 1883 ; he also published Yr Ystorgell , Y Gorsen , 1872 ; Yr Eginyn , 1874 ; Y Dywysen , 1874 ; and Y Dywysen Aeddfed , 1875 , probably for the use of Sunday schools and temperance meetings; and was editor and part-author of Hanes Bywyd C. H. Spurgeon , 1892 . He wrote under the pseudonym Goronwy Ddu .

Sources:

  • Seren Cymru , 29 March 1895 ;
  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1896 ;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908 ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffiadol, yn cynnwys Byr-hanes y Cymry mwyaf adnabyddus fuont yn preswylio yn Manceinion , 1896 ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 ;
  • David Jenkins, O Blas Gogerddan i Horeb (Taith Dwy Ganrif) , Aberystwyth, 1933.

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959