Born in 1707 on his family freehold, Gwernllwyn Uchaf, Dowlais, Glamorganshire, and educated at Carmarthen under Thomas Perrott. At the end of his course there (1732) he was ordained co- pastor with James Davies (died 1760) of the Independent church at Cwm-y-glo, Merthyr Tydfil; the congregation was a mixture of Calvinists and Arminians, Davies (the senior pastor) being a Calvinist. Concord endured no longer than 1747, when Rees and his fellow- Arminians seceded and formed a new church at Cefncoed-cymer — it has long since become Unitarian. Rees d. in August 1749. Three of his sermons were published by Philip Charles in 1754; he was also a hymn-writer.
Published date: 1959
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