DAVIES, BENJAMIN (1826 - 1905), Baptist minister, writer, and printer

Name: Benjamin Davies
Date of birth: 1826
Date of death: 1905
Parent: Naomi Davies
Parent: Thomas Davies
Gender: Male
Occupation: Baptist minister, writer, and printer
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Printing and Publishing; Religion
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

Born September 1826 at Fishguard, son of Thomas and Naomi Davies, and baptized there in 1841. He was a printer and bookbinder, but began preaching in 1848, went to Haverfordwest Baptist College (1851-4), and ministered at Brymbo (1854-5), Salem, Ffordd-las, in Denbighshire (1855-7), Birkenhead (1857-61), and Salem, Porth, Rhondda (1861-6). He then resumed in 1866 his trade as printer and publisher, at Pontypridd. He died 5 June 1905. He was a prolific writer, more especially on the history of the Welsh Baptists. But his claim to inclusion in the present work is his enlarged edition (1885) of Joshua Thomas's famous Hanes y Bedyddwyr. Thomas had published his book in Welsh, but had afterwards prepared an English edition, with corrections and substantial additions. The manuscript of this edition is preserved in Bristol Baptist College, and Davies now translated it into Welsh, adding supplementary information. It is in the form which Davies gave it that modern researchers (including the writers in the present dictionary) use and cite Joshua Thomas's book.


Published date: 1959

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