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WILLIAMS , GWILYM IEUAN ( 1879 - 1968 ), minister (Presb.) ;

b. 3 Oct. 1879 at Cardiff , son of John Williams and his wife, both of Merionethshire . After leaving school he worked in a shipping-office , but within a few years he began to preach at Heol y Crwys church . He was educated at the University College , Cardiff (where he gained an honours degree in English ), and at the theological colleges of his denomination at Trefeca and Aberystwyth . He was ord. in 1909 , and became minister of Tabernacl , New Quay, Cards. ( 1908-20 ). During this period he was also a chaplain in the army , serving in Egypt and Palestine . In 1920 he received a call to Tŵr-gwyn church , Bangor , where he remained until 1966 . In 1939 he m. Phyllis Roberts of Bangor . He d. 1 Feb. 1968 . His ashes were transferred from Colwyn Bay Crematorium to the family grave in Cathays Cemetery , Cardiff .

He was a person of wide culture and interests, and he was prominent in the life of his denomination, being Moderator of the General Assembly ( 1948 ) and Moderator of the North Wales Association ( 1956 ). He was also chairman both of the Forward Movement and of the Praise Committee of his Connexion. He took a great interest in hymns and hymn tunes , and co-operated with E.T. Davies (see above) in translating and arranging several of the cantatas of J.S. Bach , such as Aros di gyda ni ( 1919 ), Amser Duw, goreu yw ( 1922 ), Iesu dyrchafedig ( 1922 ), and The Short Passion (St. Matthew's Gospel) ( 1931 , 1932 and 1933 ). Having learnt the rules of cynghanedd from Dyfed ( Evan Rees , DWB , 825) who was one-time a lodger at his parents' home, he often composed englynion , &c. He contributed occasionally to Y Drysorfa and Y Goleuad . He was a prominent member of the society of Rotarians , being president of the Mersey and North Wales circle . He represented the society at conferences in America ( 1936 ) and Nice ( 1937 ).

Sources:

  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1969 , 309-10;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1948 , 143-5, 1956 , 51-3;
  • T. Bowen , Dinas Caerdydd a'i Methodistiaeth Calfinaidd (Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru) , Cardiff, 1927 (1927) , 60;
  • information from Glenys Hughes Jones, Pen-y-groes , Arfon and Derwyn Jones , Bangor;
  • personal acquaintance.

Author:

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

Published date: 2001