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SHEEN , THOMAS ( 1718 - 1790 ), Methodist exhorter, afterwards an Antinomian .

He was christened in Glascwm church, Rads. , 8 Nov. 1718 , the son of William and Margaret Sheen of the parish. No information is available as to when he started exhorting in the Methodist societies . In 1748 he succumbed to the ‘heretical’ doctrines propounded by James Beaumont (q.v.) . In 1750 he adhered to Howel Harris 's (q.v.) party, but soon afterwards left it and formed his own sect in the district round Builth . He is said to have influenced others, such as Moses Lewis (q.v.) and Thomas Meredith (q.v.) . It is believed that the doctrines preached by him and his associates were a mixture of mysticism and Monophysitism (or, perhaps, Apollinarianism). One of his followers, Walter Watkin of Brecon , wrote an elegy in his memory. He d. 28 Feb. 1790 .

Sources:

  • W. Watkin , Marwnad Thomas Sheen , 1790 , 1790 ;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 , iii, 316;
  • Robert Jones (Rhoslan) , Drych yr Amseroedd , 1820 , 136;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , i, 226;
  • J. Gwili Jenkins , Hanfod Duw a Pherson Crist athrawiaeth y Drindod a Duwdod Crist, yn bennaf yn ei pherthynas â Chymru , Liverpool, 1931 , 140;
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 , 652;
  • The Radnorshire Society. Transactions , 1931 ff , xiv, 1944 ;
  • Y Traethodydd , 1946 , 97-102.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959