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THOMAS , THOMAS ( 1805 - 1881 ), Baptist minister and college principal ;

b. at Cowbridge , 12 Jan. 1805 , but his parents soon removed to a farm at Leckwith Bridge , Cardiff . Baptised on 22 Nov. 1818 , a member of Tabernacle Welsh Baptist church , Cardiff , he became a popular boy-preacher . After training at Abergavenny Academy ( 1822-4 ) and at Stepney Baptist College ( 1824-8 ), where he did well, he was ordained to the charge of Henrietta Street Baptist church , London , on 18 July, 1828 . In 1836 he accepted a dual call to Pontypool — the presidency of a new Baptist College (transferred from Abergavenny ) and the pastorate of a projected English Baptist church (now, since 1847 , in Crane Street ). In both spheres he wrought magnificently, and exercised an enduring influence. Relinquishing his pastorate in Dec. 1873 , and his presidency in Dec. 1876 , he retired to Cardiff , where he d. 7 Dec. 1881 . He was buried at Pen-y-garn , Pontypool . Thomas was president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland , 1872-3 — the first Welsh -speaking Welshman to be thus honoured. He m. Mary David , Cardiff , in 1830 . She d. in March, 1881 . One son survived him — T. H. Thomas ( Arlunydd Penygarn , q.v.) .

Sources:

  • T. Morgan , The life and work of the Rev. Thomas Thomas, D.D. first president of the Baptist College, Pontypool , Carmarthen, 1925 ;
  • Welsh Religious Leaders in the Victorian Era , London, 1905 , 127;
  • The Baptist Quarterly , Philadelphia , July 1926 , 130.

Author:

Rev. Edward William Price Evans, M.A., (1887-1972), Pontypool

Published date: 1959