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NICHOLSON , WILLIAM JOHN ( 1866 - 1943 ), minister (Congl.) ;

b. 23 Dec. 1866 , at 14 Vrondeg Street , Bangor , s. of William Nicholson ( DWB , 685) . He was admitted to the Memorial College at Brecon in 1886 and he spent the first year at the University College , Cardiff . In May 1889 he was ord. minister of St. Paul's Church Swansea . In 1892 he became minister of Salem church , Porthmadog , and remained there until 1940 , when ill health and defective eyesight forced him to retire. He was chairman of the Welsh Congl. Union , 1929-30 .

Inheriting many of his father's gifts as a preacher , he reached the front rank at an early age and maintained his popularity to the end. He was a preacher by instinct and did not involve himself to a great extent with matters outside his pulpit; he was a cultured student, and did not allow his gifts to become his master; he possessed a sense of humour which made him an outstanding character among his fellow ministers. He d. 25 Nov. 1943 at the age of 77 and was buried at Porthmadog .


  • Y Tyst , 2, 9, 16 Dec. 1943 .


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 2001