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WILLIAMS , WILLIAM ( 1817 - 1900 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and author .

Born at Tan-y-coed , Pen-llin, Glam. , 30 Dec. 1817 , son of Evan Williams . He was educated at the Eagles school , Cowbridge . He was admitted to full membership of the church at Pen-llin at the age of 18, and began to preach at the age of 21. He kept a school for a time at Brynsadler and Brychtwn , and was then engaged in trade at Cowbridge . In 1844 he received a call to Pen-clawdd , Gower , and was ordained at the Bridgend Association , 1848 . In 1851 he went to Bethany (English) chapel , Swansea , where, apart from five years at Crickhowel , he spent the rest of his life. He d. 10 Nov. 1900 . He was a popular preacher all his life, but it was as an author that he shone. His first book was Y Puritaniaid ( Denbigh , 1860 ); after which appeared A Memoir of Wm. Griffiths, Gower ( London , 1863 ). He is probably the ‘ William Williams , Crughywel ,’ who published Gair at y Prophwydi ( Holywell ) in 1870 . His chief work is his Welsh Calvinistic Methodism ( London , 1872 , 2nd imp. 1884 ), a book which shows considerable historical ability. He was editor of Y Cylchgrawn , 1851-5 , and a large number of articles written by him appeared in Y Drysorfa , Y Traethodydd , and Y Geninen . Many of them deal with Methodism in Glamorgan and all are very readable.

Sources:

  • Y Goleuad , 28 Nov. 1900 ;
  • Y Geninen (Gŵyl Dewi), 1901 , 46;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1901 , 29;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1902 , 210.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959