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WILLIAMS , JAMES ( 1812 - 1893 ), Calvinistic Methodist missionary in Brittany ;

b. at Laugharne 5 Nov. 1812 ; a smith by trade. He joined the Calvinistic Methodists when Lewis Edwards (q.v.) was minister there; he began to preach about 1835 , and in 1837 entered the new Calvinistic Methodist college at Bala , walking every inch of the way from Laugharne to Bala . In 1842 he was sent to Brittany to open up a mission there; he resigned in 1862 , but re-visited Brittany in 1877 and 1882 ; for details of his work there and the difficulties he encountered, see J. H. Morris 's book, mentioned below. From 1869 on, he lived at Chester , where he d. 1 Sept. 1893 ; he had m. Catherine , daughter of the Rev. Richard Jones, 1784 - 1840 , of Bala , and was buried in her grave in Llanycil churchyard.


  • J. Hughes Morris , The history of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists' foreign mission to the end of the year 1904 (1910) ;
  • Bywyd a Llythyrau y Diweddar Barch. Lewis Edwards, M.A., D.D. (Liverpool, 1901) .


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

Published date: 1959