Presbyterian minister and author
very little is known about him.
, in his article in the
, says that he was the latter's uncle, and that
was apprenticed to him at
. According to
, 1st imp., xxvii), he was b. at
. It is obvious that he had had a classical education somewhere.
, 31) states that he was ordained at
as an assistant to
but it should be observed that
himself was not ordained until
, although he had been ministering to the church since
. What is certain is that by
was established at
(or one of the ministers) of the local congregation, for in that month he was one of the witnesses to the will of his senior
Cylch. Cymd. Hanes M.C.
, 105). His first and best-known book was
Hanes y Byd a'r Amseroedd
, a kind of encyclopaedia with a distinct anti-Papal bias, which was very popular, being reprinted twice (
) in his life-time, and at least three times (
) after his death. The
is called ‘
’ on the title-page, and it was as ‘
’ also that he published, in
Histori yr Heretic Pelagius
. An anonymous publication,
Deonglyddyr yr Ysgruthurau
, which appeared in
, is generally attributed to
; this is also anti-Pelagian; it is called part i, but there was no part ii.
, furthermore, credits him with three
books. One of these is the
History of the Cambri
, described in the
, iv, 328, by
as a book ‘
rustically printed on coarse paper
,’ bearing no name of
or press, but having a hand-written inscription attributing it to the ‘
’ — who is said to have
had his own private press
, and to have frequently
printed his own works
. If, indeed, he produced this book, then he was alive in
; but it is generally accepted that he d.
(loc. cit.) does not give us the date but says that ‘he died not long after’ (i.e.
) — see also the article on
, under the years indicated;
Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850
- and the other references given above.
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D.,
F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor