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OWEN , ROBERT LLUGWY ( 1836 - 1906 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, author, and schoolmaster .

Born at Betws-y-coed in Oct. 1836 , son of Joseph Owen . He left Llanrwst British school at 14 to work in a Ffestiniog quarry. Having begun preaching in 1857 , he went to the school at Clynnog , kept by Eben Fardd , and thence to a school at Dublin , where he became assistant . From 1860 till 1863 he was at Bala C.M. College , where he matriculated in London University . From 1863 till 1877 he was pastor at Acrefair, Denbs. .

His scholarly tastes (he was in particular a good linguist ) led him in 1872 to spend a term in Germany , and in 1876 he went to Tübingen University , where he graduated Ph.D. (including M.A. ). At the end of 1877 , ill-health led him to remove to Conway , where he kept a grammar school , in which several Calvinistic Methodist ministers were educated; he was also for a time ( 1879-86 ) pastor of the Calvinistic Methodist church there. He retired in 1903 to Colwyn Bay , and d. 16 Sept. 1906 , a month before his 70th birthday; he was buried at Betws-y-coed .

He attained no prominence in denominational circles, being neither a popular preacher nor an administrator , but rather a thinker and a poet . He published several books, e.g. Y Drych a'r Ffynnon (sermons), 1901 ; Odlau'r Pumafon (hymns), 1905 ; and a new translation of Romans , 1903 . But his most important book was his history of Greek philosophy, Hanes Athroniaeth y Groegiaid , 1898 — a pioneer book in Welsh on that subject.


  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1908 .


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959