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PUGH , JOHN ( 1846 - 1907 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, founder and first superintendent of the C.M. Forward Movement ;

b. at New Mills, Mont. , 29 Jan. 1846 , son of John Pugh , undertaker , and Ann , his wife. The family moved to Tenby, Pembs. , in 1860 . Pugh went to Trevecka college , 1869-72 , and was ordained at the Association held at Swansea , 1872 . He became minister successively of the English churches at Tredegar , 1872-81 , Pontypridd , 1881-9 , and Clifton Street , Cardiff , 1889-92 . He m. Marie Watkins of Pentre Farm , Raglan , in Zion Street chapel (B.) , Abergavenny , 1875 . In 1891 he started missionary work in English at Splott , Cardiff . In the General Assembly held at Machynlleth in 1892 , this campaign was officially sanctioned, and John Pugh was called to Clifton Street ( Cardiff ) church to be its first superintendent . He was elected moderator of the South Wales Association in 1906 . He d. 24 March (Palm Sunday) 1907 . While he was superintendent he started forty-eight mission-halls and a home for destitute women ( Kingswood Treborth Home ) at Cardiff . In order to ensure the necessary publicity he started a monthly of which, for many years, he was editor-in-chiefThe Christian Standard , 1891-3 ; The Forward Movement Herald , 1897 ; The Forward Movement Torch , 1899-1904 .

Sources:

  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Adgofion am John Pugh (Llandysul, 1944) , by his daughter Mrs. W. Watkin Williams (Llandysul);
  • J.M. Jones and Abraham Morris , Hanes symudiad ymosodol y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd (Caernarfon, 1931) , 1931 ;
  • Howell Williams (Denbigh), The Romance of the Forward Movement of the Presbyterian Church of Wales (Denbigh, 1949) (Davies lecture).

Author:

Reverend Ieuan Phillips, (1897-1969), Cardiff

Published date: 1959