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PRYTHERCH , WILLIAM ( 1804 - 1888 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 25 April 1804 at Tŷn-yr-heol , Cynwyl Gaeo, Carms. , son of Thomas William Rytherch . He was educated at Carmarthen and used to help David Charles ( I ) in the public services. In 1825 he began to preach in Caeo chapel , and in 1831 he m. Joyce , daughter of Thomas Evans of Pumpsaint . After leaving Caeo he lived in various places in CarmarthenshireLlanegwad , Llanfynydd , Betws , Nantgaredig , and Ferryside . He was ordained in 1839 . In 1861 he m., as his second wife, Mrs. Jones of Llandeilo-yr-ynys . William Prytherch had a place of his own as an original and natural preacher , eloquent in speech and homely in manner. Dr. Owen Thomas thought one of his sermons the greatest he could remember. He d. 20 Nov. 1888 at Ferryside .

His son,



WILLIAM PRYTHERCH ( 1846 - 1931 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ,

was b. 28 June 1846 at Llwyn Owen , a farm in the parish of Cil-y-cwm . He had been a schoolmaster at Ty-croes , Garn-swllt , and Pentre-bach , and began to preach 10 Sept. 1863 at Pentre-bach , a school-room which was under the aegis of Gopa church at Pontardulais . In Oct. 1868 he took charge of the churches at Brechfa and Pont-ynys-wen , and in the summer of 1869 m. Margaret Gregory of Rhosili . He was ordained at Llandeilo , 9 Aug. 1870 , and in 1872 returned to Gopa as minister of the church. On 10 April 1894 he took, as his second wife, Margaretta , daughter of the Rev. John Richards of Llechryd . In Oct. 1894 he became minister of Trinity chapel , Swansea , in succession to Dr. David Saunders ( 1831 - 1892 ) (q.v.) . He was moderator of the C.M. General Assembly in 1905 and of the South Wales Association in 1907 . A volume of his sermons, Hau a Medi , was published in 1912 . He was a popular preacher , sunny in disposition, homely in speech, and of great natural endowments. He won over his congregations completely by his lively, friendly method of preaching, and held their interest by his vivid descriptions and his fervent appeals. He d. 11 Oct. 1931 in Swansea .

Sources:

  • T. E. Edwards , Cofiant y diweddar a'r parchedig William Prytherch, o Sir Gaerfyrddin : ynghyd a detholion o'i bregethau , Denbigh, 1894 , 1894 ;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1889 , 28;
  • P. H. Griffiths , Y Parchedig W. E. Prytherch (dyn un peth) cofiant , Caernarfon, 1937 , 1937 .

Author:

Rev. Robert Beynon, B.A. (1881-1953), Abercrâf

Published date: 1959