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MORRIS , SILAS ( 1862 - 1923 ), principal of the Baptist College, Bangor ;

b. 9 Jan. 1862 at Dafen , Llanelly . The family moved to Pontardulais and the son was for some time employed at the Hendy tin-plate works . After he had started to preach he went to T. Richards 's school at Aberavan and, in 1880 , was admitted to Pontypool Academy . He won a scholarship to the University College at Bangor , the year it was opened and graduated B.A. (London) with honours in Greek . In 1886 he was appointed tutor in classics at the Baptist College , Llangollen , and became principal of that college (after it had moved to Bangor ) in 1896 . He had already, in 1888 , obtained the M.A. degree of London University . He was considered a good scholar in the language and literature of the New Testament and was a member of the committee appointed by the University of Wales to bring out a new Welsh translation of the New Testament . He was editor of Seren Gomer for ten years. He was a thoughtful preacher but made no effort to be popular. He wrote voluminously to the various periodicals. He d. 25 July 1923 and was buried in Sardis chapel burial-ground, Llanedy .


  • Seren Gomer , Nov. 1923,279-80 ;
  • Hanes Coleg y Bedyddwyr yng Ngogledd Cymru, 1862–1927 (1928) , 84-7;
  • Penodau yn Hanes y Bedyddwyr Cymreig (1949) , 117-8.


Reverend Principal Tom Ellis Jones, M.A., B.D., (1900-75), Bangor

Published date: 1959