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SAUNDERS , DAVID ( 1831 - 1892 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, preacher, educationist, and defender of Protestantism ;

b. 20 May 1831 at Newcastle Emlyn [but brought up at Morriston , where he began to preach ]. He was educated at Trevecka College ( 1851 ) and the University of Glasgow , but he was obliged to cut short his academic course and return home owing to a serious illness. He settled at Pen-clawdd , Gower , as minister of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist church but removed soon afterwards to Bethania , Aberdare ( 1857 ). While at Aberdare he edited Y Gwladgarwr for a period. In 1862 he removed to Liverpool , and during his ministry there the chapel in Princes Road was erected. He accepted a call in 1868 to lady Llanover 's church at Aber-carn, Mon. His stay at Abercarn was brief. He ultimately ( 1873 ) settled at Trinity church , Swansea , and remained there to the end of his days. He was elected moderator of the Calvinistic Methodist General Assembly in 1887 , and of the South Wales Association in 1880 . He d. 14 Oct. 1892 . He was one of the organisers of the conference on Intermediate Education in Wales , held at Aberystwyth 22 June 1880 . He vainly strove to persuade his own denomination to establish a single theological college for the whole denomination; and was present at the opening of Bala Theological College in 1891 . His wife was a daughter of John Howell of Pen-coed, Glam. , father of dean David Howell (q.v.) .


  • Y Geninen , March 1893 (35), 1907 (136);
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , iii, 240 (by W. James );
  • Cofiant a phregethau y Parchedig D. Saunders, D.D. (Swansea, 1894) by W. James and J.M. Jones , 1894 .


Reverend James Ednyfed Rhys, (1876-1960), Cardiff

Published date: 1959