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THOMAS , THOMAS ( 1839 - 1888 ), Wesleyan minister, and miscellaneous writer ;

b. in 1839 at Caernarvon , one of the eight children of Owen and Mary Thomas . He was apprenticed to the well-known Caernarvon printer , Hugh Humphreys (q.v.) , and afterwards worked in printing offices at Pwllheli and in South Wales . At Cardiff , while working there, he offered himself for the Wesleyan ministry — at first, for the foreign mission-field, but was rejected on medical grounds; he was accepted for home service, and was stationed, in 1862 , at Tre'rddôl in the Aberystwyth circuit . He seems to have been but an indifferent preacher , but a hard-working pastor , and a most energetic chapel builder — when on the Llanidloes circuit , he set up as many as five new chapels. His last circuit was at Ulverston , where he d. 1 May 1888 . His claim to inclusion in the present work is his great activity — following the example of his former master, Hugh Humphreys (to whose magazine, Golud yr Oes , 1862-4 , he was a contributor) — in the production of popular books. Three especially of these may be mentioned: Llyfr Pawb ar Bob Peth (n. d.); Hynodion Hen Bregethwyr Cymru ( 1872 ); and Grammadeg Areithyddiaeth ( 1873 ); these three had a wide sale. Thomas also contributed to the periodicals of his connexion, Yr Eurgrawn and Y Winllan , and served a term as editor of the latter.

Sources:

  • Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig , 1889-96 (2nd edn.), x, 916.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959