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WILLIAM , THOMAS ( 1697 - 1778 ), of Mynydd-bach , Independent minister, and author ;

b. in 1697 , he spent nearly the whole of his life at Ty'rbedw , on the slope of Mynydd-bach , in the parish of Llandeilo, Carms. , but later evidence tends to show that he was not a native of that place. He was a weaver by trade, but was a man of unusual attainments. He became a member of Capel Isaac , or the Mynydd-bach church , as it was generally called, in 1715 , and was appointed a deacon there on 1 Sept. 1734 . Shortly afterwards he began to preach , and on 5 April 1744 was granted a preaching licence by the Carmarthen quarter sessions . In 1724 he published his Oes-lyfr , a chronicle of events, in three parts. A second edition of this work was published in 1768 , and at least three more editions, with additions, appeared after the author 's death. He was, moreover, an admirable poet and printed a number of other small books, including three impressions ( 1727 , 1766 , 1767 ) of Gwaedd Ynghymru yn wyneb pob Cydwybod , together with Morgan Llwyd 's Llythur ir Cymru Cariadus , his friend Joseph John 's Dammegion Iesu Grist ar Gan , 1761 , and a translation of Henry Evans (q.v.) Bedwellty 's Cynghorion Tad i'w Fab , 1771 . After having been John Harries 's right hand man throughout the period of the latter's ministry at Mynydd-bach ( 1724-48 ), he himself was ordained minister of the church in 1757 , and industriously laboured in that field until his death, 12 June 1778 . He was buried at Llanfynydd . It appears that he was also the secretary of his church , for the entries in the old Mynydd-bach register (now kept in N.L.W. ) were for many years made in his handwriting.


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iii, 540-1;
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869


Rev. Dr. Evan Lewis Evans, D.Th., (1898-1978), Pontardulais / Swansea

Published date: 1959