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PHILLIPS , DANIEL ( fl. 1680-1722 ), Independent minister ;

a Carmarthenshire man, associated by tradition with the Philippses of Picton (qq.v.) . His sister Dorothy m. Timothy Quarrell of Llanfyllin, Mont. , of a family prominent in the history of Merionethshire and Montgomeryshire Independency (see H. Egl. Ann. , i, 260, and Jenkins , Hanes … Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn , 70-2); her daughter m. John Kenrick of Wynne Hall, Denbs. (see the article Kenrick ), and was the mother of Timothy Kenrick of Exeter . According to Thomas Rees , Phillips was taught by Samuel Jones of Brynllywarch (q.v.) , but his name does not appear in Walter Wilson 's list (copy in N.L.W. Add. MS. 373 ) of Jones 's pupils; it is however certain that he was taught by Stephen Hughes . He kept school for a while at Ynysdderw , Llangyfelach . In 1684 he went up to preach in Llŷn , residing at Gwynfryn , Pwllheli , the heritage of Elin ( Glyn ) , widow of Henry Maurice ( 1634 - 1682 ) (q.v.) ; he afterwards m. her, and thus became owner of Gwynfryn . He was ordained, 3 July 1688 , at Swansea , in the presence of James Owen (q.v.) — the certificate of ordination, preserved among the papers of Thomas Morgan ( 1720 - 1799 ) (q.v.) in N.L.W. , is printed in Y Cofiadur , 1923 , 19-20. Phillips received £4 per annum from the ‘ Common Fund ’ for itinerating during 1690-3 ; from 1711 till 1722 he received £6 per annum from the Presbyterian Fun d, ‘for Carnarvon ’ — probably the county. He is regarded as the founder of the Independent church at Pwllheli , and in a sense of the church at Caernarvon town as well, and he took out licences on houses in Anglesey . Robert Jones of Rhos-lan ( Drych yr Amseroedd , 30-1, in O. M. Edwards 's ed.), though he miscalls him ‘ W. Phillips ’ tells us of his troubles at Pwllheli . His wife died and he m. a certain ‘ Anne ’ from near Carmarthen Thomas Morgan tells us that Milbourn Bloom (q.v.) was a tenant of hers. Of this marriage, two sons and four daughters were born; the two eldest daughters m. Independent ministers at Denbigh ; the elder of these, wife of David Williams , was the mother-in-law of Rees Harries , who was minister at Pwllheli 1761-88 . Daniel Phillips 's third daughter, Dorothy , m. Richard Thomas , minister at Pwllheli 1751-61 , and the fourth was the first wife of Thomas Morgan (above). Phillips d. in 1722 , and his widow m. his successor ( 1722-48 ) John Thomas . It will be seen, thus, that the house of Gwynfryn was inhabited by four successive Independent ministers of Pwllheli , covering between them a period of more than 100 years.


  • Family tree by Walter J. Evans inserted in NLW MS 5453;
  • 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 , (index);
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru iii, 165-6;
  • and the other references given above.


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

Published date: 1959