Born 13 March 1796 at Ashton, Salop, but brought up at Wrexham and educated at a grammar school at Chester; he was a protégé of William Williams of Wern (1781 - 1840), at whose suggestion he began preaching. Entering Llanfyllin Academy, then under George Lewis (1763 - 1822), in 1817, he was appointed student-assistant in 1818 and classical tutor in 1819; he married Lewis's daughter. In 1821 the Academy was moved to Newtown, where Lewis died in 1822; Davies was thought too young to be placed in charge, but was made theology tutor, with Samuel Bowen as colleague. Bowen resigned in 1830, and Davies carried on alone, under great difficulties, till 1839, when the Academy was removed to Brecon and renamed ‘Brecon Independent College’; even then he was not made principal. He died 25 February 1857. A man of strongly conservative views, not only in theology but also in politics, he is described as an indifferent preacher but an excellent teacher.
Published date: 1959
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