MATHIAS, JAMES GORONWY (Goronwy Ddu; 1842 - 1895), Baptist minister and littérateur

Name: James Goronwy Mathias
Pseudonym: Goronwy Ddu
Date of birth: 1842
Date of death: 1895
Gender: Male
Occupation: Baptist minister and littérateur
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Religion
Author: Benjamin George Owens

Born at Manchester, 1842, but moved at an early age to Penrhyn-coch, Cardiganshire, where he was baptized and encouraged to preach. He moved in 1873 to Aberdare, becoming a member at Ynys-lwyd, and thence in 1874 to the Rhymney Valley, taking pastoral charge of the small church of Bethania, Troedrhiw'r-fuwch. He subsequently held the pastorates of Ramah and Erwood, Brecknock (1875-1881), Llansantffraid and Glyndyfrdwy (1881-7), and, after a period of retirement at Corwen until 1893, the English church at Pontlottyn, where he died 18 February 1895, at the age of 53. He was buried at Erwood.

He is best remembered for his literary activities. He was for some time in partnership with T. Edmunds, printer, at Corwen; he was the founder and editor of the eight numbers of Y Llenor Cymreig which were published at Corwen between January 1882 and October 1883; he also published Yr Ystorgell, Y Gorsen, 1872; Yr Eginyn, 1874; Y Dywysen, 1874; and Y Dywysen Aeddfed, 1875, probably for the use of Sunday schools and temperance meetings; and was editor and part-author of Hanes Bywyd C. H. Spurgeon, 1892. He wrote under the pseudonym Goronwy Ddu.


Published date: 1959

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