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PENRY , DAVID ( 1660? - 1721? ),

apparently a member of the ancient family of Plas Llanedy , situated at the north end of the parish of Llanedy, Carms. Intended for the Anglican ministry , he was converted under the preaching of Stephen Hughes (q.v.) at a conventicle, was trained by him, and eventually ordained in 1688 . He was given the oversight of the Dissenters in the parishes of Llanedy , Llan-nonn , Llangennech , and the Llwchwr area. The Common Fund granted him £6 during the years 1690-3 , and another sum of £9 was given by the Presbyterian Board . For a time, he served the congregation meeting at Tirdwncyn , in the parish of Llangyfelach , and was released from there on 14 Jan. 1701 in order to assist at Cwmllynfell and Gellionnen . In 1705 , the wardens of Llan-nonn report that ‘one David Penry ’ and a number of Dissenters met at Llwytcoed farm , within that parish. Still linked with Tirdwncyn , he christens a child there in 1708 . In 1715 , it is stated that he is also the minister of Crug-y-bar and Crug-y-maen , the latter in Cardiganshire . His will was proved in 1722 , and it is evident that he farmed a tenement in Llandeilo Tal-y-bont , just across the river from his old home. He bequeathed his books, valued at £2 10s., to his successor at the Llanedy chapel. This edifice, beside which he may have been buried, was undoubtedly built through his efforts.


  • T. Rees , History of Protestant Nonconformity in Wales , 225;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 503;
  • Manuscript (the property of the Presbyterian Board) published by Alexander Gordon under the title Freedom after Ejection. A Review (1690–1692) of Presbyterian and Congregational Nonconformity in England and Wales, 1917 , 331;
  • NLW MS 371;
  • his will at N.L.W.


Reverend Dr Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Corrections and additions:

PENRY , DAVID ( 1660? - 1722 ; DWB , 746).

He was the son of William Penry , Cwrt y Ceidrym , and Margaret , his wife ( Alcwyn Evans ). The conventicle was held in Gwernchwith farmhouse. Since his will was proved on 26 April 1722 it is highly likely that he died earlier that year, so change the year of death from ?1721 .


Published date: 1959