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WILLIAMS , EDMUND ( 1717 - 1742 ), an early hymnist of the Methodist revival .

He was a native of Cwmtillery, Mon. , and one of the converts made by Howel Harris on his first preaching visit to Monmouthshire in March-April 1738 . A churchman of good family and well-to-do, he was educated and devout, and under Harris 's influence became a ‘ much respected exhorter among the Methodists .’ He and Morgan John Lewis (q.v.) , his friend and fellow-convert, published a collection of Welsh hymns printed by S. Mason of Pontypool in 1741 , and another collection of his hymns was published posthumously in 1742 by Felix Farley , of Bristol . According to Edmund Jones he also published ‘ something against dancing .’ He d. in April, and was buried 17 April 1742 .


  • Edmund Jones , A geographical, historical and religious account of the parish of Aberystruth in the county of Monmouth to which are added memoirs of several persons of note who lived in the said parish , Trefeca, 1779 ( 1779 );
  • diaries of Howel Harris .


Arthur Gray-Jones, M.A., Abergavenny / Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959