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POWELL , THOMAS ( 1781 - 1842 ), Congregational minister and author ;

b. 1781 at Trecastle , Brecknock . He received a good education and for a time he himself kept a school in Llanelly , Brecknock . During that time he joined the congregation at Llangatock , Brecknock . He was at the Wrexham Academy (under Jenkin Lewis ) from 1804 until 1808 . He was ordained at Denbigh , 27 Oct. 1808 ; during his time at Denbigh he took part in the founding of Congregational causes at S. Asaph . In 1814 , after he had married into a prosperous Brecon family, he went to that town to take charge of the Plough church . He moved to Usk, Mon. , in 1825 , spent the remainder of his life there, and d. there 4 Feb. 1842 . He published Ym Mhlaid y Gymdeithas Genhadol, Y Cristion fewn ychydig, Bedydd Babanod, Cyfieithiad Calvin ar y Salmau, a Gair Duw , 1821 . He was a gifted preacher and a well-liked personality.


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 88-9;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 407;
  • Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850 (1893) , 446;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) .


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

Published date: 1959