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RICHARD , THOMAS ( 1783 - 1856 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 11 Feb. 1783 at Tre-fin, Pembs. , son of Henry and Hannah Richard . Ebenezer Richard (q.v.) was his brother. His religious convictions grew upon him while he was still young, and he joined the society at Tre-fin . He began to preach in 1803 and before long was recognized throughout Wales as a powerful preacher ; he was ordained at the Llangeitho Association , 1814 . In 1819 he m. Bridget Gwyn of Maenorowen , niece of David Jones of Llan-gan 's second wife. After his marriage he farmed in several places, but c. 1824-5 settled at Fishguard where he spent the rest of his life. He d. 3 Jan. 1856 and was buried at Maenorowen . He was one of the outstanding preachers of his generation. There was a charm in his voice that made the country folk rave over him; he could also thunder forth in the most terrifying manner, and perhaps this was the factor which made him such an autocrat in his day, particularly in Pembrokeshire . His sermons were published in two volumes by Edward Matthews (q.v.) in 1866-7 .

Sources:

  • Y Drysorfa , 1856 , 68;
  • E. Matthews , Bywgraffiad y Parch. Thos. Richard, Abergwaen nodiadau arno fel dyn, Cristion, a phregethwr , Swansea, 1863 , 1863.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959