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THOMAS , EZEKIEL ( 1818 - 1893 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister and author ;

b. 1818 , son of Morgan and Catherine Thomas of Pwll-mawr , Llansamlet, Glam. He was apprenticed to a stone-mason but, at an early age, began to preach at Cwm chapel , Llansamlet . Although he was ordained at Cowbridge Association , 1857 , he never took charge of a church. He was regarded as a profound thinker and his intellectual interests were unusual. His first book was on geology, Daeareg Parth Gorllewinol Morganwg ( Cwmafan , 1875 ), and this was followed by Human Harmony ( Cwmafan , 1877 ) — a dissertation on the connexion between God, the nation, and the Church. He published Sylwadau ar yr Epistol at yr Hebreaid ( Hirwaun ) in 1881 ; Cyfiawnhad trwy Ffydd ( Swansea ) in 1882 ; and Adolygiad ar Farn y Tri Doctor ( Morriston ) in 1890 — the last was a controversial dissertation on the subject of the authorship of the epistle to the Hebrews . He d. 12 March 1893 and was buried in Cwm chapel burial ground .

Sources:

  • Y Cylchgrawn , 1893 , 142;
  • The Diary ('Dyddiadur') of the Calvinistic Methodists (published annually) , 1894 , 230;
  • W. Samlet Williams , Hanes a Hynafiaethau Llansamlet (History & antiquities of Llansamlet) , Dolgellau, 1908 , 27, 40;
  • J. J. Morgan , A Welais ac a Glywais , Mold, 1948 , i, 159.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959