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ROWLAND , DAVID (‘ Dafydd Rolant ; 1795 - 1862 ), an eccentric Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. at Bala in 1795 (christened 11 June ), son of David Rowland , a trumpeter , and his wife Jane Rowlands of Cwmtylo , Llanycil, Mer. His mother died when David was but a child, and he was brought up at Cwmtylo by his grandmother. He had only fitful schooling, and spent most of his time on the farm . He was brought to religion by Dafydd Cadwaladr (q.v.) , who became a firm friend of his. After preaching to the cattle and sheep on the farm, he ventured forth as an exhorter in the latter part of 1815 — he was not ordained till 1831 — and attempted, with little success, to acquire a little knowledge under John Hughes ( 1796 - 1860 ) (q.v.) at Wrexham . He was a noted eccentric , in dress, manners, and preaching, but itinerated far and wide (e.g. in London for some months in 1853 ), and was very popular. He had m. ( 1822 ) Jane Jones of Nant-fudr , Trawsfynydd , but after living awhile there and at Faen Filltir in the same parish, he took the holding of Pentre , Llanycil , which he held for the rest of his life — in his absences on his itineraries, his wife and his serving-man managed the farm . His wife d. in 1857 , and he married again at the end of 1858 . He d. 24 Feb. 1862 , and was buried in the ground attached to Llidiardau Calvinistic Methodist chapel .


  • Owen Jones (and Robert Thomas ), Cofiant y diweddar Dafydd Rolant y Bala yn nghyda detholion o'i bregethau (Wrexham, 1863) .


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959