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LEWIS , WILLIAM MORRIS ( 1839 - 1917 ), minister (Presb.) ;

b. 9 May 1839 at Fishguard, Pembs. , son of the Rev. Enoch Lewis and his wife. He was educated at the seminary of Dr. George Rees ; Bala College ; Normal College , Swansea and Trefeca College . He began to preach in 1856 , and was ord. in 1863 . In 1859 he m. Lettice Maria Lloyd , and they settled in Tŷ Llwyd , near Treffynnon , in the parish of Llandeloy, Pembs. They built Treffynnon chapel near their home, and were very supportive of the cause. He was Moderator of the South Wales Association in 1893-94 . In his day he was considered to be a theologian and Biblical scholar of some standing. He corresponded with scholars like Adolf Harnack and H.M. Gwatkin ; he was friendly also with Thomas Charles Edwards ( DWB , 197-8) . He contributed extensively to Y Traethodydd , Y Drysorfa and to English periodicals. He published his Davies Lecture on repentance — Edifeirwch — which was delivered at the General Assembly , 1900 . His Welsh commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews was translated into German , and W.M. Ramsay acknowledged that he had presented a strong case for Paul being its author. He d. 26 May 1917 , and his remains were buried in Treffynnon cemetery.


  • Monthly treasury organ of the English Calvinistic Methodists, or Presbyterian Church of Wales (Caernarfon) , Nov. 1901 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1918 ;
  • G. M. Roberts , Capel Treffynnon (1967) (1967) .


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

Published date: 2001