He was one of the chief promoters of the British and Foreign School Society in South Wales , and a contributor to the Normal School , Brecon ( 1846 ). He incurred the wrath of the editor of The Principality [ Ieuan Gwynedd , q.v. ] by supporting the efforts of David Charles III (q.v.) , Trevecka , in the face of the strong opposition of the Independents and Baptists , to combine Government aid with voluntary charity. He agreed with the policy of the North Wales Calvinistic Methodist Association in supporting the ‘ Cambrian Education Society ’ [see Owen , Sir Hugh ] to establish schools and obtain Government grants. He was secretary to the group of Calvinistic Methodist ministers and elders in Brecknock who sent a Memorial to J. P. Kay Shuttleworth of the Committee of Council on Education , urging that H.M. Inspectors of Schools should have a knowledge of Welsh ( June 1848 ). At a conference held at Merthyr Tydfil , Nonconformist ministers from Monmouthshire , Glamorgan , and Brecknock decided to accept Government aid, and the ‘ South Wales British Schools Association ’ was formed, with Mordecai Jones as Treasurer and Sir Benjamin Hall as president ( Y Diwygiwr , Ion. 1855 , 36). He d. 30 Aug. 1880.
Watkin William Price, M.A., (1873-1967), Aberdare
Published date: 2001