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EVANS , DAVID TECWYN ( 1876 - 1957 ), Meth. minister ;

b. 5 Dec. 1876 in Aberdeunant Uchaf , Llandecwyn, Mer. , son of Evan and Catherine Evans . He was educated at Llandecwyn national school , Talsarnau board school (where he was also a pupil-teacher ), the University College , Bangor , and the theological college at Didsbury , Manchester . He began preaching on Whitsunday 1894 when he was 17 years old, and quickly gained recognition. In 1902 , at the beginning of his career, he went on a preaching tour of America , and again in 1913 . He was minister at Aberdovey 1902 , Llanddulas 1904 , Portdinorwic 1907 , Conwy 1910 , Llanrwst 1911 , Birkenhead 1914 , Wrexham 1919 , Rhyl 1922 , Bangor 1925 , Llandudno 1928 , Tregarth 1931 , Abergele 1936 , Aberdovey 1939 . In 1941 he became supernumerary and moved to Rhyl where he d. 27 Oct. 1957 . He m. Nanna Stirrup of Llangefni , who d. 1925 . He was awarded an M.A. degree of the University of Wales in 1927 for a thesis on the Welsh language, and an honorary D.D. (Wales) in 1951 . He was Moderator of the Welsh Assembly in 1929-30 and chairman of the second North Wales district from 1936 to 1941 .

He was one of the greatest ‘princes’ of the pulpit in his day, and his sermons were an unusual combination of scholarship, warmth and eloquence. He was also a popular lecturer in Welsh on topics such as the Book of Job , the Book of Jonah , the Welsh Bible , Ann Griffiths ( DWB , 303) , and J. Puleston Jones ( DWB , 487-8) . Many of his lectures were published as booklets. He was a very faithful disciple of John Morris-Jones ( DWB , 668-9) and did much to popularise the new Welsh orthography in lectures and journals and through his book Yr iaith Gymraeg: ei horgraff a'i chystrawen ( 1911 ) which was re-printed several times. He was editor of Yr Eurgrawn for twenty years ( 1931-51 ), which also gave him the opportunity to teach many to write correct Welsh .

He composed some hymns (‘ Duw a thad yr holl genhedloedd ’ being the best known), and translated hymns and poems, some of which appeared in Bytheiad y nef a chaniadau eraill ( 1927 ). He was co-editor (with E. Tegla Davies , see above) of Llestri'r Trysor ( 1914 ) and in 1920 published a translation of T.R. Glover 's Jesus of history . He also published a commentary on I Corinthians ( 1926 ) for Sunday schools, a collection of prayers ( 1945 ), many sermons in magazines and books, and his memoirs, Atgofion Cynnar .

Sources:

  • Atgofion Cynnar , Tywyn, 1950 (1950) ;
  • The Minutes of the Annual Conference Methodist Church , 1958 ;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , Winter 1976 (commemorative issue to D.T.E.).

Author:

Gwilym Richard Tilsley, (1911-97), Prestatyn

Published date: 2001