GRIFFITHS, WILLIAM (1859 - 1940), Unitarian minister and Hebrew scholar

Name: William Griffiths
Date of birth: 1859
Date of death: 1940
Spouse: Florence Griffiths (née Davies)
Gender: Male
Occupation: Unitarian minister and Hebrew scholar
Area of activity: Religion; Scholarship and Languages
Author: Thomas Oswald Williams

Born at Cwmllynfell and educated at Gwynfryn school, Carmarthen Presbyterian College (1882-6), and Yale, U.S.A. (1886-91 or 92) where he graduated B.D. and Ph.D. In his early days he was an Independent, but on his return to Wales from the U.S.A. he became a Unitarian, was a missionary in North Wales (1892-3), minister at Pontypridd (1893-1900), and later minister of a number of Unitarian churches in England.

He was reputed to be a good Hebraist and had made an intensive study of the Psalms. He edited Y Pelydryn, 1896; Stepping Stone, 1896-7; Casgliad o Emynau, 1893; and published a number of pamphlets and sermons in Welsh and English.

He married Florence Davies of Trow-bridge, 18 May 1897, and they had several children. He died 7 July 1940 at Clydach, near Swansea.


Published date: 1959

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