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WILLIAMS , JOHN ( 1747 - 1831 ), Methodist cleric ;

b. 1747 at Penwern-hir , near Pontrhyd-fendigaid, Cards. , son of William Rees Mathias and Ann , his wife. He was educated at Ystrad Meurig and Carmarthen grammar school ; ordained deacon in 1770 and priest in 1771 ; appointed curate of Lledrod and Llanwnnws , where he came under the influence of the local Methodist clergymen Williams of Llanfair Cludogau and Daniel Rowland — and joined the Methodists at Swyddffynnon in 1781 . At Lledrod he attracted crowds of people, and for years he travelled up and down the country preaching . In the early stages of his career he was a powerful preacher but later his voice gave him trouble. He took part in the first Methodist ordination in 1811 and so broke his official connection with the Established Church . After the death of Rowland and the other great leaders, ‘ Williams of Lledrod ’ became a prominent figure in the Methodist movement, particularly in Cardiganshire . He d. 29 Aug. 1831 , at his home in Pentre Padarn , and was buried at Llanwnnws .


  • J. Evans , Yr offeiriad Methodistaidd, sef Cofiant a phregethau y Parch. John Williams, Lledrod (Dolgellau, 1891) ;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , ii, 88-91;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd (1895) , ii, 287-300;
  • Benjamin Williams (Gwynionydd) , Enwogion Ceredigion (1869) , 254.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959