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PUGH , DAVID ( 1739 -[ 1816 ]), cleric ;

b. at Dolgelley , the son of Hugh and Jane Pugh . He went to Hertford College , Oxford , 1758 , and graduated in 1762 . He became rector of S. Mary , Newport, Pembs. , in 1770 , and held the living until his death — this living had been offered to Daniel Rowland (q.v.) in 1769 . He visited Llwyn-gwair , the home of the Bowen family (qq.v.) , frequently; it was there, possibly, that he first met John Wesley . He was amicably disposed towards the Methodists , liking their ‘Societies’ and their Sunday schools, and attended their preaching meetings; but he took no part in their other meetings. When the movement towards separate ‘Ordination’ began — it culminated in 1811 Pugh changed his attitude and, influenced by his neighbour, David Griffiths , Nevern (q.v.) , began to attack the sponsors of the movement ( Thomas Charles in particular). There was at Newport a chapel erected ‘ by the voluntary contributions of divers well disposed persons ’ ( 1799 ) — mainly the Bowen family of Llwyn-gwair . Pugh refused to allow the supporters of the movement towards separation to use his pulpit and, as a result, the chapel of Eglwys Fair ( S. Mary ) was lost to the Methodists . [ Pugh was buried at Newport , 5 Dec. 1816 .] He was acquainted with Benjamin La Trobe , the Moravian leader . Two of his brothers, John Pugh ( 1744 - 1799 ) and Robert Pugh , are separately noticed.

Sources:

  • Evan Jones , A historical sketch of Newport, Pembrokeshire including the church, castle, town and corporation, antiquities , Solva, 1890 ;
  • West Wales Historical Records , 1910–29 , iii, 223;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , xix, 125-6, xxix, 34;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Er Clod Saith Bennod ar Hanes Methodistiaeth yng Nghymru , 66;
  • [information from the Rev. Gomer M. Roberts ].

Author:

Rev. Daniel Williams, (1878-1968), Llangollen

Published date: 1959