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ROWLAND(S) , BENJAMIN ( fl. 1722-1763 ), Methodist exhorter ;

b. c. 1722 , son of Thomas Rowland of Llanidloes, Mont. He was a member of the Llandinam Methodist society in 1744 , and is mentioned as being an exhorter at the Tyddyn Association , 1745 . He was one of the leading members of Howel Harris 's party, and toured the counties of Montgomery , Denbigh , and Anglesey on its behalf. He and Betty , his wife, joined the ‘Family’ at Trevecka , and his property, Cefn-croes-llwybr , Llanidloes , was transferred to that institution with the proviso that after Harris 's death a Rowland was to be director and trustee . On the death of Mrs. Sidney Griffith (q.v.) his wife became ‘mother’ of the ‘Family’ but, becoming too dictatorial, was relieved of her post. Both of them took umbrage at this, the gift of the property was cancelled, and they turned their backs on Trevecka [ 1753 ]. They went to London where, in 1763 , he is mentioned as one who preached the doctrines of the Relly brothers (qq.v.) . What became of him after that is not known.

Sources:

  • R. Bennett , Methodistiaeth Trefaldwyn Uchaf, 1738–1852 , 1929 , 74, 77, 96, 183, 187, 199, 203-5, 215, 243-4;
  • Y Cymmrodor , xlv, 68-9.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959