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WILLIAMS , ROGER ( 1667 - 1730 ), Independent minister .

He was a member of the Cefnarthen (Carms.) church and was probably educated at Rhys Prydderch (q.v.) of Ystradwallter 's academy. He was ordained minister of the churches of Cefnarthen and Cwm-y-glo , Merthyr Tydfil , in 1698 . He was an Arminian and his tenets caused trouble between him and the Calvinistic element in the churches. After his time, the churches were, in fact, rent asunder (see Davies , James , d. 1760 ). He d. 25 May 1730 at the age of 63, and John and David Williams were ordained ministers of Cefnarthen . John is known to have been his son and David probably belonged to the same family. The Williamses were a powerful clan in Cefnarthen , and other members of the family were Morgan Williams of Ty'n-coed , the able secretary of the church and one of the most prominent Dissenting laymen in Carmarthenshire , and William Williams of Tredwstan ( Brecknock ), his brother; and John Williams of Cefn-coed , father of William Williams of Pantycelyn (q.v.) .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 248, 256; iii, 582, 588;
  • Y Tyst , 7 Oct. 1948 ;
  • G. M. Roberts , Y Pêr Ganiedydd [Pantycelyn]. Cyfrol 1 Trem ar ei fywyd; Cyfrol 2: Arweiniad i'w waith (Aberystwyth, 1949, 1958) , 16-24.


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

Corrections and additions:


In l. 5, 1069b, read 1698 (not ‘ 1798 ’).


Published date: 1959