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REES , RICHARD ( 1707 - 1749 ), Arminian Independent minister ;

b. in 1707 on his family freehold, Gwernllwyn Uchaf , Dowlais, Glam. , and educated at Carmarthen under Thomas Perrot(t) (q.v.) . At the end of his course there ( 1732 ) he was ordained co- pastor with James Davies (d. 1760 ) (q.v.) of the Independent church at Cwm-y-glo , Merthyr Tydfil ; the congregation was a mixture of Calvinists and Arminians , Davies (the senior pastor) being a Calvinist . Concord endured no longer than 1747 , when Rees and his fellow- Arminians seceded and formed a new church at Cefncoed-cymer — it has long since become Unitarian . Rees d. in Aug 1749 . Three of his sermons were published by Philip Charles (q.v.) in 1754 ; he was also a hymn-writer .

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 248-9;
  • C. Wilkins The history of Merthyr Tydfil , Merthyr Tydfil, 1867 , 178;
  • W. A. Griffiths , Hanes Emynwyr Cymru , Caernarfon, 1907 , 245;
  • Y Geninen , 1907 , 44;
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 , 439.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959