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ROWLAND , NATHANIEL ( 1749 - 1831 ), Methodist cleric ;

b. in Llangeitho parsonage, son of Daniel Rowland (q.v.) . He was educated at Christ Church , Oxford , where he graduated B.A. 1771 , and M.A. 1774 . He is said to have been ordained (not by the bishop of S. Davids ) in 1773 , but where he served is not known. In 1776 he m. Margaret , daughter of Howel Davies (q.v.) and went to live at Parcau , Henllan Amgoed , on the borders of Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire . He was a Methodist like his father and appears to have officiated as secretary of the Calvinistic Methodist Association , 1778-97 . He was for years the mainstay of Methodism in Pembrokeshire , ministered to the societies formed by his father-in-law, and had charge of Tabernacle , Haverfordwest . William Williams of Pantycelyn called upon him to take his father's place as leader of the Association , and he played a leading part in the excommunication of Peter Williams (q.v.) . His chief failing was his pride, and he tended to arrogate authority over his brethren. In 1807 , at the Newcastle Emlyn Association , he too was excommunicated, for drunkenness. He d. 8 March 1831 , and was buried at Henllan Amgoed .

Sources:

  • Foster Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • W. Williams , Marwnad er Coffadwriaeth am Farwolaeth y Parchedig Mr. Daniel Rowlands yr hwn a ymadawodd a'r byd Hydref 16, 1790, yn 77 mlwydd o'i oed ac a gladdwyd yn Llangeitho , Merthyr, 1828 , 1791 ;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , vii, 48; xi, 43-65;
  • J. Evans , Biographical Dictionary of Ministers and Preachers of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Body…to the close of the year 1850 , 1907 , 288;
  • Y Brython , 1862 , 32;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , i, 418, 445;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , ii, 326-8;
  • G. M. Roberts , Bywyd a Gwaith Peter Williams , Cardiff, 1943 , 87-92, 97.

Author:

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

Corrections and additions:

ROWLAND , NATHANIEL ( DWB , 894).

He was ordained deacon at Oxford . 26 May 1771 , and a priest in London 21 Sept. 1773 . He was curate of Stock ( Essex ) from 1771 until his marriage ( 1776 ). ( Cylch. Cymd. Hanes M.C. , 1960 , 69-70; see also 60-6). His will was published in the same periodical, 1954 , 11-13.

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Published date: 1959