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WILLIAMS , DAVID DAVID ( 1862 - 1938 ), minister (Presb.) and author ;

b. at Garth Lwynog , Croesor, Mer. , son of David and Grace Williams . He was educated at Gelli-gaer Grammar School , Bala College , and at the university colleges of Aberystwyth and Cardiff . He was ord. in 1891 , and served his ministry at Peniel , Ffestiniog ( 1890-96 ); Oswestry ( 1896-1906 ); Moss Side , Manchester ( 1906-15 ); and David St. (later Belvidere Rd. ), Liverpool ( 1915-38 ). He m., c. 1896-97 , Clara A. Jones , Ashlands ; they had no children. He lived at Prestatyn after retiring, and d. there 3 July 1938 .

He was a prominent figure in his Connexion , being Moderator of the North Wales Association ( 1931 ). He was an assiduous researcher and received a M.A. degree of the Univ. of Liverpool for his thesis on ‘ Vaticination in Welsh literature ’. For a period he edited The Journal of the Historical Society of the Presbyterian Church in Wales ( 1930-34 ). He competed regularly at the National Eisteddfod , submitting essays on literary and historical subjects. Many of his prize-winning essays were published by the National Eisteddfod Society . He contributed articles to Y Brython , Y Beirniad , Y Genhinen , Yr Efrydydd , and The Journal of the Historical Society of the Presbyterian Church in Wales . He published the following books: Dyfyniadau llên Cymru ( 1909 ); Deuddeg o feirdd y Berwyn ( 1910 ); Twm o'r Nant ( 1911 ); Geirfa Prifeirdd ( 1911 ); Dylanwad y Rhufeiniaid ar iaith, gwareiddiad a gwaedoliaeth y Cymry ( 1912 ); Hanes mynachdai gogledd Cymru ( 1914 ); Cymry enwog cyfnod y Tuduriaid ( 1914 ); Addysg Cymru yn y Canol Oesoedd ( 1914 ); Hanes dirwest yng Ngwynedd ( 1921 ); Thomas Charles Edwards ( 1921 ); Cofiant T. J. Wheldon ( 1925 ); Hanes Cyfundeb y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd ( 1927 ).

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales (1921) , 504;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1931 , 336-9;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1928 , 51-3;
  • Y Goleuad , 13, 20 July 1938 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1939 , 215-6.

Author:

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

Published date: 2001