DAFYDD, PHILIP (1732 - 1814 according to Meth. Cym., ii, 458 et sqq.). Methodist exhorter

Name: Philip Dafydd
Date of birth: 1732
Date of death: 1814
Gender: Male
Occupation: Methodist exhorter
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

of Newcastle Emlyn, was a clog-maker in poor circumstances. The Methodist society was held at his house in 1760, and again (pending the building of its chapel in 1776) in 1774-5. He was a writer of verse, and printed elegies on William Williams of Pantycelyn in 1791 and Daniel Rowland in 1797 (both listed in Llyfryddiaeth y Cymry). Less edifying was his action in the troubles of 1797, in Pembrokeshire, when several dissenting ministers were accused of ‘collaboration’ with the French; a scurrilous ‘ballad’ of his against these dissenters provoked the wrath of William Richards of Lynn (1749 - 1818) in his pamphlet The Triumphs of Innocency, 1798 — see on this matter J. J. Evans, Dylanwad y Chwyldro Ffrengig ar Gymru, 174-9, and Traf. Cymd. Hanes Bed., 1930, 30-2.


Published date: 1959

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