PRICE, BENJAMIN (Cymro Bach; 1792 - 1854), Baptist minister and littérateur

Name: Benjamin Price
Pseudonym: Cymro Bach
Date of birth: 1792
Date of death: 1854
Parent: Hannah Price
Parent: Joseph Price
Gender: Male
Occupation: Baptist minister and littérateur
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Religion
Author: Benjamin George Owens

Born at Govilon, Llanwenarth, 1792, son of Joseph Price (died 1834), minister of Blaenau Gwent, and Hannah his wife. His family moved to Blaenavon and it was there that he was baptized in 1817 and started to preach, September 1820. He was admitted to the Baptist Academy at Abergavenny in 1822 and subsequently held the pastorates of Kensington, Brecon, 24 November 1825-1828; Newtown and Caer-sws (1828-40) (as co-pastor first with John Jones and from 1833 onwards with George Thomas, afterwards of the Pontypool Academy); Dudley (1840-2) (again as co-pastor, with William Rogers, a native of Blaenau Gwent); and, finally, Tredegar (1842-4). He retired in 1844 to become a superintendent for Wales of the Baptist Missionary Society, and in this post performed his most important life's work. He was a frequent contributor to his denominational press and several of his works were published, notably an extensive selection of essays under the title of Y Cymro Bach, 1855, and Lectures to the Working Classes, 1851. He was also the means of establishing in his denomination in 1848 an Association of Aged Ministers, but it failed to find lasting support. He retired in 1853, and died at Bristol, 25 June 1854. He was buried at Llanwenarth.


Published date: 1959

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