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REES , JOHN ( 1770 - 1833 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister .

Born 20 April 1770 at Carmarthen . As a young man he went to England to work and was converted as a result of hearing William Huntington preach in Providence chapel , London . In 1791 he went to Bristol and began to preach in one of the countess of Huntington 's chapels. In 1796 he returned to Carmarthen where he joined the Methodists . In 1808 he went to London to minister to the Welsh at Wilderness-row chapel but was called to Newport, Mon. , in 1810 . He was ordained at the first Methodist ordination at the Llandeilo Association in 1811 but did not remain long in the service of the connexion in Wales . He went to the Tabernacle , Rodborough, Glos. , in 1814 , and thence, in 1823 , to Crown Street chapel , Soho , London , where he spent the remainder of his life. He died 6 Jan. 1833 . In spite of a harsh voice he had notable gifts as a preacher and attracted crowds both in London and other towns.


  • Mrs. Walker , Remains of the Rev. John Rees (London, 1838) ;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1847 , 1-6


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959