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THOMAS , RICHARD ( 1718 - 1807 ), the first Methodist exhorter from Anglesey ;

christened at Llanfechell , 31 July 1718 . Owing to some ‘irregularity’ — probably debts, which he afterwards fully repaid — he escaped to South Wales . From a letter written to Howel Harris , 27 July 1746 , we gather that he was converted there c. 1739 . He returned in Sept. 1746 , and continued his work as an exhorter in Anglesey . The story of his life afterwards is obscure: it is recorded that he preached in Caergeiliog twenty-five times between 1790 and 1799 , and superintended the societies of Llanrhyddlad and Llannerch-y-medd . He was buried at Llanfflewyn from Tŷ'n Llwyn , Llanfechell , 29 Jan. 1807 . He has been wrongly identified with RICHARD THOMAS , South Wales exhorter (d. 1751 ).

Sources:

  • Llanfechell and Llanfflewyn Registers;
  • Letter to Howel Harris;
  • Y Llusern , 1890 , 163;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd , 1895 , ii, 178;
  • Minutes of the Anglesey Presbytery;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1813 ;
  • Drych yr Amseroedd , 181 (2nd ed.);
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , Sept. 1928 , 101; July 1949 , 45, n. 1; 1950 , 41-5, 73-9 (dealing with the two Richard Thomases);
  • Caergeiliog Account Book in N.L.W.

Author:

Reverend William Griffith, M.A., (1916-72), Brynsiencyn / Rhyl

Published date: 1959