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OWEN , JOHN ( 1864 - 1953 ), minister (Presb. C.W.) and author ;

b. 17 Apr. 1864 at Pen-y-maes , Morfa Nefyn, Caerns. , son of James and Margaret Owen . He worked in an office in Liverpool for six years, and began preaching in 1884 . He was educated at Clynnog School , Bala College , and Oxford (where he graduated in 1892 ; M.A. in 1903 ). For a year he was a tutor at Bala College . He was ord. in 1892 , and served as pastor of Gerlan , Bethesda ( 1892-1902 ), Bowydd and Blaenau Ffestiniog English church ( 1902-09 ), and Engedi , Caernarfon ( 1909-26 ). He m. Hannah Evans , Nantlle , but they had no children. He returned to Morfa Nefyn when he retired. He d. 1 Mar. 1953 at the Royal Infirmary , Liverpool , and was buried in Nefyn cemetery.

He was a prominent figure in the Presb. Church of Wales , being twice Moderator of the North Wales Association ( 1920 and 1949 ), and Moderator of the General Assembly ( 1926 ). He delivered the Davies Lecture in 1923 , which was published under the title Gwybodaeth y Sanctaidd ( 1923 ). He contributed extensively to the periodicals of his denomination, and he was a columnist for Y Goleuad from 1930 onwards under the pseudonym ‘ Sylwedydd ’; Sylwadau Sylwedydd , a selection of articles from this column was published in 1949 . He also published Cofiant a gweithiau David Roberts y Rhiw ( 1908 ); Rolant y teiliwr ac ysgrifau eraill ( 1920 ); Y Cyfundeb a'i neges: the Connexion and its message , in English and Welsh ( 1935 ). He edited volumes of the sermons of John Williams , Brynsiencyn ( DWB , 1056) ( 1922 and 1923 ), and Thomas Charles Williams ( DWB , 1074-5) ( 1928 and 1929 ). He also published a textbook on the journeys of St. Paul ( 1902 ), and a commentary on the Gospel according to St. Luke ( 1927 and 1928 ). As general editor for the Presbyterian Bookroom , Caernarfon , he guided for many years the passage of numerous works by other authors through the press. In 1950 he received an honorary D.D. degree of the University of Wales . A selection of his sermons (edited by William Morris ) was published posthumously in 1957 .

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales (1921) , 350;
  • Who's who in the Free Churches? (1951) , 350;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1920 , 121-3; 1926 , 1-3; 1949 , 59-63;
  • Y Goleuad , 11 March 1953 ;
  • >Blwyddlyfr y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1954 , 228-9.

Author:

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

Published date: 2001