His fellow-student Jeremy Owen (q.v.) praises Perrot highly for his learning, his impartiality, and his moderation. True, a very long-standing tradition, which goes back as far as Joshua Thomas 's youth (see his Hanes y Bed. , 185) asserts that Perrot 's ‘ Arminianism ’ led many of his students to forsake Calvinism . In fact, however, there is no real evidence that he went beyond Baxterianism ; and it is no more logical to ascribe the Arminianism of Jenkin Jones or Samuel Thomas (qq.v.) to Perrot 's direct teaching than it would be to blame that uncompromising Calvinist Vavasor Griffiths for the Arianism of his pupils Richard Price and Jenkin Jenkins (qq.v.). It seems far more probable that it was Perrot 's weakness as a disciplinarian that brought the academy into contemporary disrepute — it is clear that the number of the students had swollen beyond his capacity to control them, even if we doubt Wilson 's statement ( N.L.W. MS. 373 ) that more than 150 Nonconformist students ‘and as many, if not more, Anglicans ’ had passed through his hands. Indiscipline at Carmarthen was the reason given by Vavasor Griffiths for insisting upon the removal of the academy from that town. It seems to be agreed that Perrot was personally popular, both as tutor and as minister of Lammas Street church .
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 2001