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OWENS , OWEN ( 1792 - 1862 ), Independent minister, and schoolmaster ;

b. at Maes Angharad , Dolgelley , 21 Aug. 1792 . He was admitted to membership of the church by Cadwaladr Jones at Dolgelley in 1811 . He kept a school , first in his own neighbourhood and later at Dinas Mawddwy , where he began to preach . In 1821 he was ordained minister of Rhes-y-cae and Salem churches, Flints. , where he spent the rest of his life. He d. 13 Oct. 1862 , and was buried in Nannerch parish churchyard. At Rhes-y-cae he had a day-school to look after as well as his ministry; he worked hard to pay off the debts on the chapels and travelled considerably for this purpose. He was known as a ‘ sensible preacher ’ and a ‘ moderate Calvinist . ’ Considering his lack of opportunity he succeeded in attaining a considerable degree of culture; he wrote a great number of articles for the Dysgedydd and published Holwyddoreg yr Ymneillduwyr Protestanaidd, gan y Parch. S. Palmer a'i helaethu gan O. Owens, Rhesycae . He represents the finest type of minister to be found in the remote country districts in those days.


  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 345-6;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iv, 240-1.


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959