Born in 1782 at Llantysilio near Llangollen. He was originally a Calvinistic Methodist, but began to preach in Wesley's connexion in 1805, and was sent on mission to Merthyr Tydfil; in 1808 he was stationed in London — the first preacher in Welsh among the Wesleyans there. After serving circuits for many years, he died at Llanidloes 22 July 1855, aged 73. He wrote much in Yr Eurgrawn, of which he was editor from 1829 to 1835, and published a collection of hymns and (1833) a translation of Wesley's sermons. But he won fame chiefly as a controversialist. In 1812, he published Cyflawn Wrthbrawf i'r Athrawiaeth o Barhad Diammodol mewn Gras, a translation of a book by Thomas Oliver(s); in 1819 Amddiffynydd y Gwir, a reply to a pamphlet by John Parry (1775 - 1846) of Chester; and in 1829 or 1830 Lladmerydd — this last provoked a furious reply, Gwialen i Gefnyr Ynfyd (1831), by Edward Jones (1761 - 1836) of Maes-y-plwm. He also took part in the internal disputes of his connexion in his day — see A.H. Williams, Welsh Wesleyan Methodism, chap. vi and p. 230.
Published date: 1959
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