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MEREDITH , THOMAS ( fl. 1747-1770 ), Methodist exhorter, and Antinomian .

Originally from Llanbryn-mair , he lived at Mochdre, Mont. , and in the Association held at Tyddyn , 1747 , he is named as an exhorter . In 1750 he belonged to Howel Harris 's party but was turned out in 1751 , perhaps because he inclined to Antinomianism and had come under the influence of Thomas Sheen (q.v.) . He returned to his old haunts and succeeded in winning over a few followers. In 1770 selected portions of the works of William Erbury (q.v.) and Morgan Llwyd (q.v.) , etc., collected by him, were published under the title A Scourge for the Assirian the great Oppressor ( W. Laplain , Salop ). His views are to be found in a book, An Illustration of Several Texts of Scripture , which includes several of his letters and which was published posthumously in 1770 from the same press. There is a mystical element in his work, which shows a tendency to the old doctrinal heresies of the Monophysites .

Sources:

  • Robert Jones (Rhoslan) , Drych yr Amseroedd , 1820 , 136, 143;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , i, 409, ii, 241, 324, 377;
  • J. Gwili Jenkins , Hanfod Duw a Pherson Crist athrawiaeth y Drindod a Duwdod Crist, yn bennaf yn ei pherthynas â Chymru , Liverpool, 1931 , 140;
  • R. Bennett , Methodistiaeth Trefaldwyn Uchaf, 1738–1852 , 1929 , 79, 183, 107-9;
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 , 518;
  • Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 , 195.

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959