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WILLIAMS , WILLIAM ( 1748 - 1820 ), cleric, a pioneer of the Sunday school movement in Wales ;

son of Rhys and Ann Williams , Glanwenlais , Cil-y-cwm, Carms. Ordained deacon by the bishop of S. Davids , 1 Sept. 1771 , and priest , 14 Aug. 1774 , he was curate at Carmarthen ; he is, however, better known as curate of S. Gennys , Cornwall . He corresponded with Thomas Charles (of Bala , q.v.) on the subject of education in Wales . He is given credit for establishing a Sunday school in the house of Dafydd Elias , Bryn-teg , Cil-y-cwm , and it is known that he made an attempt, c. 1781 , to start Sunday schools at Aberystwyth , Aberdovey , and Machynlleth . He had in mind the formation in Wales of a society modelled upon the S.P.C.K. He d. 12 May 1820 , and was buried at Cil-y-cwm .

Sources:

  • A History of Carmarthenshire ., ii, 257;
  • James Morris , Hanes Methodistiaeth Sir Gaerfyrddin , 1911 , 160;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles , Denbigh, 1908 , ii, 115-9 (see index);
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru , 1851–6 ., ii, 468-9.

Author:

Rev. Daniel Williams, (1878-1968), Llangollen

Published date: 1959