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REES , WILLIAM HOPKYN ( 1859 - 1924 ), missionary, linguist, author ;

b. 24 April 1859 at Cwmavon, Glam. He entered Bala Independent College , 1877 , and was minister of Llechryd and Ffynnon-bedr from 1881 to 1883 , when he sailed for the North China , L.M.S. , mission field. He m. Margaret Charlotte Harrison of Coed-poeth , and settled at Chi Chou in 1888 , where he had founded a station. He weathered the difficulties of the 1900 rebellion, and was decorated with the ‘ Blue Ribbon ’ and given rank of Mandarin for services of pacification. He was transferred to the Peking United Theological College and the Language School for Missionaries , appointed to the Board of Revisers of the Old Testament Scriptures in Mandarin , and to the Shanghai staff of the Christian Literature for China Society . In 1915 he was elected associate secretary , with Timothy Richard (q.v.) , and in 1916 general secretary , of the Christian Literature Society for China , and a member of the editorial board of the Chinese Recorder in 1919 . He resigned in 1921 owing to ill health, and was given the chair of Chinese in the University of London . He published China a'r Chineaid , 1906 , Griffith John o China , 1901 , in Welsh , and Jonathan Lees of Tientsin and How to Study Chinese , 1918 , both in English . He d. in London 4 Aug 1924 .

Sources:

  • H. T. Jacob , Hopkyn Rees, China sef, trem ar fywyd a llafur y Parch. William Hopkyn Rees, D.D. (London, 1925) ;
  • E. Lewis Evans , Cymru a'r Gymdeithas Genhadol, sef hanes ei Chychwyn (1945) .

Author:

Reverend Dr Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959