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PHILLIPS , DAVID ( 1751 - 1825 ), Unitarian minister ;

b. in 1751 at Waun-bwll near Glandŵr, Pembs. , but after his marriage he farmed Pant-glas , Llanboidy, Carms. ; subsequently he bought the farmstead of Pant-maen near Rhyd-y-parc , and was therefore currently known as ‘ the apostle of Pant-maen .’ He was a member of Glandŵr church , and is said on doubtful authority to have been a preacher there. When the Arminian wing of Glandŵr seceded ( c. 1787 ), and founded the church of Rhyd-y-parc ( Llanwinio ), Phillips joined it, and began preaching . On the death of Owen Davies ( 1719 - 1792 ) (q.v.) , Phillips was ordained pastor . By 1811 (the date of the Unitarian missioner Lyons 's visit to Rhyd-y-parc ), Phillips was definitely a Unitarian , but too poorly in health to be active — it would seem that the church was then served chiefly by Benjamin Phillips of S. Clears and William Thomas of Llangyndeyrn (qq.v.). But in 1816 , when the missioner Wright visited the church, Phillips had a coadjutor, a John Evans , who may possibly have been the man named on p. 500 of David Jones 's Hanes Bed. Deheubarth , but is more likely to have been the John Evans who, at that time ( 1816-25 ), had charge of the Unitarians who then used Dark Gate chapel at Carmarthen . Phillips d. 11 June 1825 — according to his tombstone at Rhyd-y-parc ; he was then 74.

Sources:

  • Monthly Repository , 1811 , 683 ff. (Lyons), and 1816 , 680 ff. (Wright);
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1884 , 123 and 279 (and cf. 1859, 195);
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1930 , 21;
  • A History of Carmarthenshire , ii, 248-9 (but correct ‘Penmaen’ to Pant-maen) and 247.

Author:

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



His nephew, DAVID PHILLIPS ( fl. 1814 ), who farmed Pil-mawr , Llanwinio , wrote hymns , and published, in 1814 , Ychydig o hymnau newyddion yn bennaf at wasanaeth Undodiaid ( J. Harris , Carmarthen ) — the preface of seven pages is informative. See Yr Ymofynnydd , Feb. 1930 .

Author:

Rev. Professor John Oliver Stephens, M.A., B.D., (1880-1957), Carmarthen

Published date: 1959