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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