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HOWELL , DAVID ( 1797 - 1863 ), minister (Presb.) ;

b. at Waunbrics , St. Clears, Carms. , 31 March 1797 , son of David Howell . Thomas Charles of Bala ( DWB , 73-4) received him as a communicant of Bancyfelin society. He went to Swansea in 1814 as a tailor's apprentice . He became a member of Crug-glas church and began to preach there in 1817 . In 1821 he was sent by his Connexion to Radnorshire as a missionary and he settled at Pen-y-bont . He was ord. at Llangeitho Association in 1824 . He returned to Swansea in 1827 and m. Mary , daughter of his old master, John Cadwalader , a Calvinistic Methodist elder . He spent a short period at Carmarthen in 1840 and then moved to Llantwit Major in 1842 to take charge of churches in the Vale of Glamorgan . He returned again to Swansea in 1845 as pastor of Trinity church , where he exercised great influence till his d., 4 Aug. 1873 ; he was buried in Crug-glas graveyard . He was one of the chief Calvinistic Methodist leaders in Glamorgan throughout the 19th c. He was not a great preacher — he lacked fluency and his sermons were heavy — but he had a strong personality, and everyone considered him to be a devoted man of God. In addition to all this his energy and ceaseless industry made him a power and influence both within and outside the church.


  • Hugh Joshua Hughes , David Howell:-of Swansea. A brief memoir (Newport, 1885) , 1885 ;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1919 , 7-11;
  • W. Samlet Williams , Hanes Methodistiaeth Gorllewin Morgannwg sef hanes Eglwysi y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yng Ngorllewin Morgannwg, o ddechreuad Methodistiaeth hyd o gylch y flwyddyn 1870 (1916) , 19;
  • E. Tegla Davies , Can-Mlwyddiant Capel y Triniti, Abertawe , 12-6.


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

Published date: 2001