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RICHARD , EBENEZER ( 1781 - 1837 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 5 Dec. 1781 at Tre-fin, Pembs. , son of HENRY RICHARD ( 1730 - 1813 ) and Hannah , his second wife. The father had been a circulating schoolmaster and a Methodist preacher for sixty years. The son had also been a schoolmaster at Brynhenllan where, in 1801 , he experienced a powerful conviction of sin; he began to preach in 1802 , about the same time as his brother, Thomas Richard (q.v.) . In 1806 he went to Cardigan , where he was employed as a private tutor in the family of one of the Bowen s (qq.v.) of Llwyn-gwair . In 1809 he m. Mary Williams of Tregaron and went to live in his wife's home. He was ordained to the ministry in the first Methodist ordination at the Llandeilo Association , 1811 . He d. 9 March 1837 and was buried in Tregaron churchyard. He was a very powerful preacher , but is remembered chiefly as one of the principal organizers of his denomination in the beginning of the 19th cent. He was for a very long time secretary of the Cardiganshire monthly meeting and of the South Wales Association , and left his mark on the whole organization of the denomination. He was one of those who drew up the Calvinistic Methodist confession of faith , 1823 , and was the chief supporter of the Sunday school movement in South Wales . Henry Richard (q.v.) , the politician , was his son.


  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , ii, 332;
  • E. W. and H. Richard , Bywyd y Parch. Ebenezer Richard (London, 1839) , 1839 ;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd (1895) , ii, 486-504.


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

Published date: 1959