DAFYDD, RICHARD WILLIAM (fl. 1740-1752), Methodist exhorter

Name: Richard William Dafydd
Parent: William Dafydd
Gender: Male
Occupation: Methodist exhorter
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Gomer Morgan Roberts

A native of Llandyfaelog, Carmarthenshire, and a brother of David Williams of Lisworney (1717 - 1792). He is said to have preached in Anglesey in 1740 and to have been roughly handled there. It is certain that he was exhorting in 1742 and that, in 1743, when the Association met at Llanddeusant, he was appointed to supervise the societies in Carmarthenshire. He took an active part in the revolt headed by John Richard of Llansamlet against the dispositions made by the Association in 1743, and both Whitefield and Howel Harris wrote remonstrating with him. In 1744 he was appointed visitor to the societies at Gorseinon and Pembrey. He is known to have been at Llandyfaelog in 1744 and Thomas William (1717 - 1765) met him there in 1747. We catch a last glimpse of him in 1752 when he was preaching at Trevecka. He appears to have settled in Swansea where he was one of the pillars of the early Methodist society in that town.


Published date: 1959

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