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JAMES , WILLIAM ( 1761 - 1845 ), minister (Congl.) ;

b. on Palm Sunday [15 March] 1761 at Abersŵn , Llanllwni, Carms. He became a member of Rhyd-y-bont church and began preaching when he was young. He kept school at Glyn Tawe , and then ( 1785-89 ) went to ‘Carmarthen’ academy , which was at the time located in Swansea . He was ord. minister of the churches of Watford and of Trinity , Cardiff , and lived at Ysguborwen farm . About 1826 he was persuaded to move to the town, relinquishing Watford and his farm. He d. 26 Feb. 1845 , aged 84. His ministry showed little sign of success — the reason probably being that his sermons were exceptionally long, ranging from an hour and a half to two and a half hours.


  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 592;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 419-20;
  • NLW MS 10327.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 2001