ALLEN, ROBERT (1847 - 1927), Baptist minister

Name: Robert Allen
Date of birth: 1847
Date of death: 1927
Parent: John Allen
Gender: Male
Occupation: Baptist minister
Area of activity: Religion
Author: William Joseph Rhys

Born 5 January 1847 at Llanelly, son of John Allen of Neath and his wife, of Cilrhedyn, Newcastle Emlyn, but Glamorgan was the scene of his upbringing and earthly pilgrimage. He was baptized in Blaen-y-cwm, began to preach in Cwmafan, and was ordained to the ministry on 17 and 18 October 1880 at Bryntroedgam. He remained at the latter place for seven years, thereafter moving to Pontrhyd-y-fen, 1887-90, Capel Rhondda, 1890-2, Calfaria, Maesteg, 1892-1908, and Philadelphia, Cwm Ogwr, for a short while. He died 13 March 1927 in Nantyffyllon, Maesteg.

Although he had a small coalmine and a small farm, he showed no great enthusiasm for either the one or the other and was more in his element lecturing. Possessing a homely wit and an exceptional gift of oratory, he delighted his congregations by his unconventional preaching and his even more unconventional acting.


Published date: 1959

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