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ROWLAND(S) , DAVID ( Dewi Brefi ; 1782 - 1820 ), cleric ;

b. at Ffos-y-ffin , Cefn Llanio , Llanddewi-brefi, Cards. , and christened 25 Aug. He was educated at a local school, and, after teaching at Tregaron , Llangeitho , Llanllawddog , and Pencader , before proceeding to the Presbyterian College , Carmarthen , and then to Ystrad Meurig . He was ordained deacon 22 Sept. 1805 , by bishop Burgess of S. David's and licensed to the curacy of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Cards. ; he received priest 's orders 20 Sept. 1806 . On 1 June 1808 he was licensed to the curacies of Llanwnnog and Carno, Mont. , but after two years, on the recommendation of John Jenkins ( Ifor Ceri , q.v.) , he was chosen to go as a missionary to S. John's , Newfoundland , under the auspices of the S.P.G. , sailing in June 1810 . He remained there till 1816 , when, owing to ill-health, he returned to Europe ; after travelling on the Continent he came back to Wales and was licensed to the curacy of S. Peter's , Carmarthen , in Jan. 1818 . With John Jenkins , Walter Davies ( Gwallter Mechain , q.v.) , and others, he was instrumental in making preparations for the Carmarthen eisteddfod of 1819 , and became the first secretary of the Cambrian Society . On 7 Jan. 1820 , he was instituted to the vicariate of Tregaron , but he d. on 29 Feb. , and was buried at Carmarthen . He married a Miss Matthews of Llanwnnog , who, with one son, survived him.

Rowlands had a high reputation for scholarship, and some poems and carols by him are published in Blodau Dyfed ( Carmarthen , 1824 ) and Cymru (O.M.E.) , 1896 , 256.

Sources:

  • The Cambro-Briton , 1820 , 71, 334, 374, 41C;
  • NLW MS 706;
  • Episcopal registers of S. Davids , N.L.W.;
  • G. Penar Griffith , Cenhadon Cymreig , 1897.

Author:

Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959