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WILLIAMS , HUGH ( 1862 - 1953 ), minister (Presb.), and Biblical commentator ;

b. in 1862 at Rhos-goch , Rhos-y-bol , Anglesey . He began to preach c. 1885-86 at Gorslwyd , and he superintended Rhos-goch church for many years. He was educated at Gwredog School , and as a protégé of the Gwredog family he entered Bala College . The principal Thomas Charles Edwards ( DWB , 197-8) took an interest in him, and he became his private secretary for a period; he translated into Welsh the principal's Davies Lecture , The God-man . He visited Germany and learned German to a fair level. He returned to Anglesey and was ord. in 1897 . Between 1901 and 1923 he published a series of eight or nine commentaries on New Testament books which proved to be very popular in Sunday schools. The Doctrine of Atonement was his field of study over many years and he delivered the Davies Lecture on that subject in 1945 , publishing it in 1948 under the title Grym y groes . The University of Princetown , U.S.A. , conferred on him a D.D. degree for his essays on the doctrine as discussed in that volume. He d. 25 Aug. 1953 at Amlwch , 91 years old.


  • Hugh Owen (ed.), Braslun o hanes Methodistiaid Calfinaidd Môn (1880-1935) (Liverpool, 1937) (1937), 95, 341;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1954 , 233;
  • H. Ll. Williams , Braslun o Hanes Methodistiaeth Galfinaidd Môn 1935–70 (1977) (1977) , 103-4.


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

Published date: 2001