ROWLAND, NATHANIEL (1749 - 1831), Methodist cleric

Name: Nathaniel Rowland
Date of birth: 1749
Date of death: 1831
Spouse: Margaret Rowland (née Davies)
Parent: Elinor Rowland (née Davies)
Parent: Daniel Rowland
Gender: Male
Occupation: Methodist cleric
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Gomer Morgan Roberts

Born in Llangeitho parsonage, son of Daniel Rowland. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. 1771, and M.A. 1774. He was ordained deacon at Oxford. 26 May 1771, and a priest in London 21 September 1773. He was curate of Stock (Essex) from 1771 until his marriage in 1776 to Margaret, daughter of Howel Davies and went to live at Parcau, Henllan Amgoed, on the borders of Pembrokeshire and Cardiganshire.

He was a Methodist like his father and appears to have officiated as secretary of the Calvinistic Methodist Association, 1778-97. He was for years the mainstay of Methodism in Pembrokeshire, ministered to the societies formed by his father-in-law, and had charge of Tabernacle, Haverfordwest. William Williams of Pantycelyn called upon him to take his father's place as leader of the Association, and he played a leading part in the excommunication of Peter Williams.

His chief failing was his pride, and he tended to arrogate authority over his brethren. In 1807, at the Newcastle Emlyn Association, he too was excommunicated, for drunkenness. He died 8 March 1831, and was buried at Henllan Amgoed. His will was published in Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd, 1954, 11-13.


Published date: 1959

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