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WILLIAMS , OWEN (GAIANYDD) ( 1865 - 1928 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and author ;

b. 8 Oct. 1865 in the parish of Llangwyllog , Anglesey . He worked on a farm until he was 10 years old, when he met with a serious accident which affected him for the rest of his life. He received his education under the Rev. Hugh Richards at Llannerch-y-medd , the Rev. R. M. Jones at Holyhead , and at the University College , Bangor . He was ordained in 1897 and became pastor of the churches of Ro Wen and Tyn-y-groes , where he remained until his death on 11 Nov. 1928 . He was an able preacher and a conscientious pastor who gave his services freely to all the people of the district. He was an historian and writer of some considerable merit and made a special study of the history and antiquities of his native county. He contributed to many periodicals and newspapers. He won several prizes at local eisteddfodau on historical subjects; he also acted as an adjudicator . He was married and had two sons and a daughter. He published ‘ Hanes Llanerchymedd a'i Henwogion ’ in Hanes a Chyfansoddiadau Arobryn Eisteddfod Llanerchymedd ( Cymdeithas Eisteddfod Môn , 1906 ); Ein Pobl Ieuainc … ( Caernarvon , 1906 ); Dafydd Jones o Drefriw ( Caernarvon , 1907 ); Dewis Aelod Seneddol: Drama Gymreig ( Conway , 1910 ); Cymeriadau'r Hen Destament … ( Conway , 1926 ).

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales (Cardiff, 1921 );
  • Y Goleuad , Nov. 1928 ;
  • Y Clorianydd , Nov. 1928 ;
  • North Wales Weekly News , Nov. 1928 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1930 ;
  • NLW MSS 4948, 5579, 6035-40.

Author:

Katharine Monica Davies, M.A. Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959