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PHILLIPS , THOMAS ( 1806 - 1870 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and Welsh secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society ;

b. 15 March 1806 at Llandovery . Influenced by the religious revival of 1819 , he began preaching in 1821 . He had intended to become a missionary abroad, and had already arranged to be trained at Cheshunt , when (in 1825 ) he was invited to become a C.M. missioner at Hay ; he remained there for ten years, preaching and keeping school . Early in 1836 , however, he was appointed by the Bible Society to be its secretary for Wales , and removed to Hereford . He was a great success in his new sphere, and was the society's oldest servant at the time of his death; the celebration of its jubilee ( 1853 ) was placed in his charge. He published in Welsh Llyfr y Jubili ( 1854 ) and a catechism on Protestantism (which went through several edns.), and in English The Welsh Revival ( 1860 ). He was a good organizer , and took a prominent part in the founding (in 1864 ) of the C.M. General Assembly , becoming, in 1865 , its second moderator . He d. at Hereford 28 Oct. 1870 . There is a biography in English , of which there is a Welsh version ( London , 1871 ).

His eldest son, THOMAS PHILLIPS ( 1832 - 1900 ), was apprenticed to Thomas Gee (q.v.) , and in 1856 published Llawiadur i'r iaith Seisonig ; he subsequently took Anglican orders ( 1859 ) and graduated in 1866 ; he kept a school at Beckenham ( Foster , Alumni Oxon. ; Asaph ).

Sources:

  • Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig , 1889-96 ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959