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MEREDITH , LEWIS ( Lewys Glyn Dyfi ; 1826 - 1891 ), preacher and writer ;

b. 22 March 1826 at Ffactri'r Ffridd , near Machynlleth . He was educated in the Sunday school and at day schools, first of all at Machynlleth and later, when the family moved to Cwmllinau , at Cemaes . He was interested in literature from an early age and had a hand in founding a literary society at Machynlleth ( c. 1854 ) when he was working in the office of Adam Evans , the printer . He began to preach to the Wesleyans in 1849 but failed to get accepted for the ministry ( 1855 ) because of the uncertainty of his health. After being in charge of the Welsh Wesleyans at Witton Park , Durham ( 1855-6 ), he emigrated to the U.S.A where, after a year at a seminary, he was accepted as a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church ( 1859 ). Although the churches to which he ministered were English -speaking, he continued to take an interest in Welsh life; he wrote to the Eurgrawn and the Drych , preached to the Welsh when he got the opportunity, and had charge of the Welsh Wesleyan church at Chicago . In 1863 he visited Wales to plead the cause of the North in the American Civil War . In addition to his contributions to the periodicals already mentioned and to the Traethodydd , he published a book of verse, Blodau Glyn Dyfi , 1852 . In 1865 he m. Nillie E. Phelps , the daughter of a prominent Methodist Episcopal minister . He d. 29 Sept. 1891 , and was buried in Oak Park , Chicago .

He had a brother, RICHARD MEREDITH ( 1826 - 1856 ), who wrote articles for the Traethodydd and Winllan , sometimes under his own name and sometimes under the pen-name Caradog . He was for a short time a Wesleyan lay preacher . He was a sickly, lame man, who d. at Cwmllinau

Sources:

  • There is a full memoir of Lewis Meredith in Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , 1894 , passim ;
  • see also Y Geninen (Gŵyl Dewi), 1903 , 54;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 ;
  • [ Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908 ].

Author:

Reverend Griffith Thomas Roberts, M.A., (1887-1977), Tregarth, Bangor / Talsarnau

Published date: 1959