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PIERCE , WILLIAM ( 1853 - 1928 ), Congregational minister and historian .

Born of Welsh parents at Liverpool , 21 April 1853 . He was called to the Congregational ministry under the influence of E. Herber Evans , Caernarvon . From 1875-9 he was student at Brecon College . He ministered at Bideford , Devon ( 1879-82 ); Leytonstone ( 1882-7 ); Soho Hill , Birmingham ( 1887-9 ); New Court , Tollington Park ( 1889-96 ); West Hampstead ( 1896-1904 ); Doddridge , Northampton ( 1905-10 ); Higham's Park ( 1910-26 ). He then became librarian at the Congregational Library .

He published standard works on Elizabethan Separatism , and was honoured ( 1924 ) by the University of Wales with the degree of M.A. He died 11 Dec. 1928 , and was buried in New Southgate cemetery . Apart from minor works his published works were: An Historical Introduction to the Marprelate Tracts ( London , 1908 ); The Marprelate Tracts ( London , 1911 ); John Penry: his life, times and writings ( London , 1923 ).

Sources:

  • Album Aberhonddu…o'r flwyddyn 1755 hyd 1880 , 1898 ;
  • The Congregational Year Book , 1930 , 232.

Author:

Rev. Principal Robert Tudur Jones, D.Phil., (1921-98), Bangor

Published date: 1959