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WILLIAMS , DAVID ( Iwan ; 1796 - 1823 ), Baptist minister ;

b. Jan. 1796 in the parish of Llanwnnen, Cards. He attended the chapel at Aberduar where his step-father, David Davies , ministered. After courses at the Castell-hywel grammar school and Bristol Academy he had charge for a short time of the preparatory school for preachers associated with the Tabernacle , Carmarthen ; it was said that he knew Latin and Greek as well as he knew Welsh and English . He was a frequent contributor to Seren Gomer , 1818-23 ; he also wrote Llythyr byr oddi wrth Dwrch daear at ei fam , and Serious remarks on the ordinance of baptism . His awdl ‘ Cerddoriaeth ’ was published in Grisiau Cerdd Arwest ( Ieuan Ddu ). Early in 1822 he and his family sailed from Carmarthen for Devonshire where he intended to become a minister and schoolmaster , but a severe storm obliged them to seek refuge in Swansea . Joseph Harris ( Gomer , q.v.) gave the family shelter and kept Williams to preach to English congregations at Swansea and to instruct his son John in the classics. He d. 10 Jan. 1823 . P. A. Môn ’ (q.v.) composed an elegiac awdl , and Caledfryn (q.v.) elegiac englynion in his memory.


  • Seren Gomer , 1823 , 129-32;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 636.


Reverend William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959