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JONES , PHILIP ( 1855 - 1945 ), minister (CM) ;

b. at 30, Cotton Row , Tai-bach, Glam. , 19 Feb. 1855 , son of Evan and Catherine Jones . He was brought up in Dyffryn Church , where he heard the old pulpit stalwarts of Glamorgan . He was educated at Trefeca , and was ordained at the Association in Aberystwyth in 1887 . He held pastorates at Fishguard , Llandeilo Fawr (for two terms); Capel Newydd , Llanelli ; and Penuel , Pontypridd . He spent his latter years at Porthcawl , where he d. 24 Sept. 1945 . He was above all a preacher in the succession of the old Glamorgan preachers. He was most eloquent, with a dramatic style and an agile mind, and the old vocabulary of the Glamorgan dialect was alive on his lips. The ordinary people doted upon his eloquence. He preached regularly at the high festivals of his denomination for a long period, and was regarded as the last of the princes of the Methodist pulpit in south Wales . A small volume of his poems, with some hymns, was published in 1948 .

Sources:

  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1946 , 173;
  • W. Nantlais Williams (ed.), Pregethau ac Emynau , Llandybïe, 1948 .

Author:

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

Published date: 2001