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ROGERS , DAVID ( 1783 - 1824 ), Wesleyan minister and author ;

b. at Garth , Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd . He was convinced under the ministry of Edward Jones of Bathafarn ( 1778 - 1837 ) (q.v.) in 1800 and was, therefore, one of the first-fruits of the Welsh Wesleyan mission . He began to preach c. 1803 , and was made a circuit minister in 1805 . He served in the following circuits: Denbigh ( 1805 ), Caernarvon ( 1806-7 ), Llandeilo ( 1808 ), Caerphilly ( 1809-10 ), Llanidloes ( 1811 ), London ( 1812-3 ), Brecon ( 1814 , bi-lingual), Caernarvon ( 1815 ), Holyhead and Beaumaris ( 1816-7 ), Machynlleth and Dolgelley ( 1818 ), Newtown ( 1819-20 ), and after that in various English circuits until his death at Darlington in Jan. 1824 . He had wide interests, which were reflected in Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd during the period when he was its editor ( 1812-4 ). Apart from his articles in that periodical, he published Cyfiawn had trwy Ffydd , 1818 , and edited the 1812 version of his denomination's hymn-book; he also edited a part of the 1817 version. He was elected chairman of the Welsh province ( 1816-8 ) in succession to Owen Davies . He is said to have been one of the most influential of the early Wesleyan preachers.

Sources:

  • Hanes Wesleyaeth Gymreig , 1911–3 , i, 370-80, and the references therein.

Author:

Reverend Griffith Thomas Roberts, M.A., (1887-1977), Tregarth, Bangor / Talsarnau

Published date: 1959