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PETER , DAVID ( 1765 - 1837 ), Congregational minister and academy principal ;

b. 5 Aug. 1765 at Aberystwyth . He was educated at Troed-y-rhiw and Castellhywel schools, Cards. Under the influence of Benjamin Evans (q.v.) , Tre-wen , he leaned towards Congregationalism . He became a member at Penrhiwgaled , was at Carmarthen Academy (at Rhyd-y-gors ) in 1783 , and kept school in S. Ismael's , Pembrokeshire — in 1783 . He decided to join the Congregational ministry and began to preach at Penrhiwgaled . He became an assistant tutor at Swansea Academy under William Howell (q.v.) in 1789 , received a call from Lammas Street (Carmarthen) church , 9 Dec. 1791 , and was ordained there 8 June 1792 ; among those who signed the call were Sarah Lewis , who afterwards became his wife, and John Ross (q.v.) , the well-known Carmarthen printer and publisher . He was senior tutor of the Presbyterian Academy from 1795 to 1835 . His first task at Lammas Street was to institute the Congregational system there; the church soon became one of the largest Congregational churches and the chapel was enlarged twice — in 1802 and 1806 . Although he did not possess the eloquence of the popular preacher he was esteemed a substantial, practical, and evangelical preacher , and he stood in the first rank of the leaders of various movements in his time. His Hanes Crefydd yng Nghymru remained for a long time the main source-book for the history of religion in Wales . He d. 4 May 1837 .


  • Hanes Eglwys Heol Awst, Caerfyrddin (1926) ;
  • W. H. Lewis , Memoirs of the Life and Labours of the Reverend David Peter forty-three years Professor of Theology and Hebrew in the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen and forty-five years minister of the church at Lammas Street (London, 1846) .


Reverend John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959