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SAUNDERS , THOMAS ( 1732 - 1790 ), Independent minister ;

nothing is known of his origins, but he seems to have been a native of Pontypool — even when an ordained minister , he kept on living at Pontypool and acting as an overseer at Hanbury's works . It seems certain that he came to religion through the Methodist revival ; Philip David (q.v.) accuses him of ‘ preaching like the Methodists , observing no order, but rambling ’ — and of inviting other quasi-Methodists ‘ to give a rant ’ in his pulpit at Newport ( Cofiadur , 1935 , 37) — naturally, on the other hand, Edmund Jones (q.v.) speaks of him in the highest terms ( Trevecka Letter 2724 ). At the end of 1769 , Saunders was appointed pastor of Llanfaches and of its branch in Mill-street , Newport ; he had a congregation at Machen also. He d. 9 Jan. 1790 , ‘aged 58,’ and was buried near Mill-street chapel at Newport .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 56, 60;
  • and other references given above.


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

Published date: 1959