HUMPHREYS, RICHARD MACHNO (1852 - 1904), Baptist minister

Name: Richard Machno Humphreys
Date of birth: 1852
Date of death: 1904
Gender: Male
Occupation: Baptist minister
Area of activity: Eisteddfod; Poetry; Religion
Author: William Joseph Rhys

Born 14 March 1852 at Tal-y-bont, Cardiganshire, the son of a man from Halkin, Flintshire, who had married at Tal-y-bont. Benjamin Humphreys, Felin-foel, was a brother of his. After working for some years at Tal-y-bont, as a lead miner, he moved to Dylife, Montgomeryshire, where he began to preach. Afterwards he worked in a coal-mine at Gilfach Goch, Glamorganshire, and it was from here that he went to the Baptist College, Llangollen, in 1875. He ministered at Siloam, Cardiff (1877-84), Rhosddu, Wrexham (1884-91), and Calfaria, Llanelly (1891-1904). When he was at Llanelly he edited the Welsh column in the Llanelly Mercury. He began to write verse when he was quite young and won chairs at eisteddfodau - Wrexham (1884), Rhosllanerchrugog (1887), Newcastle Emlyn (1888), Pontyberem (1901), Felinfoel (1901); he also won the crown in the Rhyl national eisteddfod, 1904. He died 30 November 1904.


Published date: 1959

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