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PRICE , CHRISTOPHER (d. 1697 ), apothecary, preacher, free-communion Baptist .

He lived at Abergavenny in the High Street , one of the chief officials of the corporation , and (according to Sir Joseph Bradney , q.v.) , of the family of the Prices of Llanffoist . He supported John Tombes in the great Baptism debate at Abergavenny , 1653 ; after the Restoration he is reported as preaching in ‘conventicles,’ 1668-9 , and in 1672 he secured a licence to preach in his own house under the Indulgence of Charles II . He believed in the sincerity of James II when he published his Declaration for religious freedom in 1687 ; and when the king arrived at Gloucester on his journey to the Borders, Dr. Price presented to him an address of welcome and congratulation. It was on behalf of the ‘ Congregational Persuasion ’ that the apothecary spoke, but it must be borne in mind that ‘ Congregational ’ in the records of those days was often meant to include ‘free’ Baptists . This indiscretion does not seem to have injured the good name of Dr. Price : in 1689 he was present at the Baptist Assembly in London , and corresponding with the leaders; it was he who gave the land on which the chapel at Llanwenarth was built, the first Baptist chapel in Wales , 1695 ; and it was through him that many gifts, from the Independents and Baptists of London more especially, were shared out among needy ministers in Wales . He d. in 1697 , and was buried in Abergavenny parish church in the chancel, before the Communion table.

Sources:

  • Bradney , A History of Monmouthshire , i, 355, 361;
  • Rawlinson Manuscript at the Bodlean Library, Oxford. A.151a, and The London Gazette , 2272;
  • Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1924 , 19-22;
  • Joshua Thomas , Hanes y Bedyddwyr ymhlith y Cymry (Pontypridd ed.), 246-8.

Author:

Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959