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WILLIAMS , GRIFFITH ( 1824 - 1881 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and author .

Born at Dolwyddelan in 1824 , the son of Griffith and Elin Williams , who not long afterwards moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog . He went to work in the quarry , his sole education having been in the Sunday school . He became an acceptable lecturer on temperance , began to preach in 1848 , and from 1849 to 1853 studied at Bala C.M. College . He then went to Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog , where he kept a day school , but in 1855 moved to Talsarnau , where he married (producing a large family) and opened a shop . He was ordained in 1857 . He is chiefly remembered for his dry wit. He also wrote entertainingly in the periodicals, and published three books: Cofiant y Parch. Richard Humphreys, Dyffryn , 1873 ; Yr Hynod William Ellis, Maentwrog , 1875 (the story of an old elder); and Bwthyn fy Nhaid Oliver , 1880 , 2nd ed. 1904 . He d. 23 Oct. 1881 , and was buried in the Calvinistic Methodist burial ground , Dyffryn Ardudwy .


  • R. Owen (Pennal), Cofiant a phregethau y Parch. Griffith Williams, Talsarnau (Bala, 1886) , 1886 .


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959