JAMES, JOHN LLOYD (Clwydwenfro; 1835 - 1919), Congregational minister and historian

Name: John Lloyd James
Pseudonym: Clwydwenfro
Date of birth: 1835
Date of death: 1919
Gender: Male
Occupation: Congregational minister and historian
Area of activity: History and Culture; Religion
Author: John Dyfnallt Owen

Born in the parish of Llan-gan, Pembrokeshire, and brought up (after he had lost his parents) by his grandfather at Llanglydwen in the same county. He was at Glandwr school under ' Shôn Gymro ' and W. Davies of Rhydyceisiaid. He was received into church membership at Hebron, Pembrokeshire, June 1848, and started to preach there 14 August 1853. He was at Carmarthen College, 1855-9; was ordained, 18 December 1859 at S. Bride's-super-Ely, Glamorganshire, and took charge of Whitchurch (ordained there 2 February 1860). He ministered at Capel Ifor, Dowlais, 1869-75, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, 1875-9, March, Cambridgeshire, 1879-95, and 1899-1902. He retired in 1915 and died 17 April 1919.

Clwydwenfro contributed much to Welsh periodical literature. A story by him, ' Edwin Powel,' appeared in Seren Cymru, 1856-7. He edited Cyfaill y Werin, 1862, and the poetry column in Y Twr (Aberdare) for some time. He wrote much to Y Beirniad, Y Tywysydd, Y Diwygiwr, and Cennad Hedd. He specialized in local and religious history. His two chief published works were Hanes Cymanfaoedd yr Annibynwyr (1867-9, in five parts, unfinished), and Hanes Eglwys Glandwr, 1902.

His novel Habakkuk Crabb was published in Liverpool in 1901. It was later given a different cover and a new title - Croesi'r Bont, sef anturiaethau H.C.


Published date: 1959

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