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REYNOLDS , JOHN ( 1759 - 1824 ), Baptist minister ;

b. early in 1759 at Treglemais, Pembs. , the property of his father. He and a younger brother lost their parents before 1772 . He was baptized at Llangloffan in 1778 , began to preach in 1785 , and was ordained, ‘by the laying of hands’ in 1788 ; later he was to disapprove of this method. When Felinganol Braptist church was incorporated he tcok charge of it, in association with John Clun , his manservant. He paid several visits to North Wales . He and others were appointed to speak in public in Carmarthen on moderate Calvinism at the time of the Arminian ‘split’ in 1799 . He was moderator of the south-western Association in 1799 and again in 1802 . An attempt was made, unsuccessfully, to convict him of treason at the time of the French landing in Fishguard ( 1797 ). He d. 13 April 1824 , his widow dying five weeks afterwards.


  • J. S. Jones , Hanes y Felinganol ;
  • D. Jones , Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Neheubarth Cymru (1839) , 195;
  • Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1930 ;
  • E. H. Stuart Jones , The Last Invasion of Britain (1950) , 212.


Reverend William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959