BIDWELL, MORRIS, Puritan preacher, under the Commonwealth

Name: Morris Bidwell
Gender: Male
Occupation: Puritan preacher, under the Commonwealth
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Thomas Richards

He was named as one of the twenty-five approvers to examine and recommend preachers under the Act for the Propagation of the Gospel in Wales (1650-2); there is contemporary evidence that he received for this work £138 for 1650 (and part of 1649), £75 for 1651, and two payments of £50 for 1652; there is evidence that he took great interest in the new Puritan school at Swansea. That Act not being renewed in 1653, he was appointed to do definite pastoral work at S. Mary's in Swansea. There in 1658 happened the fierce altercation with the Quaker John ap John who asked whether Bidwell was a true minister of Christ, and was struck in the face instead of getting an answer. He died before 1660, but a Royalist named Richard Seys had such an objection to his bones resting in the chancel of S. Mary's that he drew his sword to prevent the burial; however, we are told he was forced away by the 'fanaticks' and put in prison.


Published date: 1959

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