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ELLIS , ROBERT MORTON STANLEY ( 1898 - 1966 ) minister (Presb.), and author ;

b. 11 Apr. 1898 in a small cottage near the sea between Gronant and Prestatyn, Flints. , son of John Edward and Emma Ellis . His parents moved to Birmingham , then to Mold , and Denbigh , finally settling in Glanaman, Carms. in 1905 . He left Garnant school when he was 12 years old, and started working in a shop , and later in a coalmine and tin works . He was brought up as a Congregationalist , but he joined the Presbyterians in Bethania , Glanaman , and began preaching there. He was educated for the ministry in Newcastle Emlyn grammar school and in the Presbyterian colleges at Aberystwyth and Bala . In 1925 he was ord., and the same year he m. Martha Maud Davies of Brynmyrnach , Llanfyrnach, Pembs. He was minister of Abermeurig and Bwlchyllan churches, Cards . ( 1925-27 ), Saron , Llanbadarn Fawr in the same county ( 1927-30 ), and Caersalem , Tŷ-croes near Ammanford, Carms. ( 1930-66 ), together with Ebeneser church, Llanedi , for a period. During his period at Tŷ-croes he attended a course of study in the University College , Swansea , graduating B.A. He was elected moderator of the Association in the South in 1965 .

He was well known throughout Wales as a preacher and especially as a lecturer . He lectured on such topics as ‘ Utgyrn Seion ’, ‘ Joseph Jenkins ’ and ‘ Philip Jones ’, and had a special talent of mimicking his heroes. His books, too, are about preachers: Living Echoes ( 1951 ), Doniau a daniwyd ( 1957 ), Lleisiau doe a heddiw ( 1961 ). In 1963 he published an entertaining biography, Wrth gofio'r daith . He d. 2 Nov. 1966 , and was buried in Caersalem cemetery , Tŷ-croes .

Sources:

  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1968 , 279-80;
  • R.M.S. Ellis , Wrth gofio'r daith , 1963 passim;
  • information from his widow;
  • personal knowledge

Author:

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

Published date: 2001