SHEEN, THOMAS (1718 - 1790), Methodist exhorter, afterwards an Antinomian

Name: Thomas Sheen
Date of birth: 1718
Date of death: 1790
Parent: Margaret Sheen
Parent: William Sheen
Gender: Male
Occupation: Methodist exhorter, afterwards an Antinomian
Area of activity: Religion
Author: Gomer Morgan Roberts

He was christened in Glascwm church, Radnorshire, 8 November 1718, the son of William and Margaret Sheen of the parish. No information is available as to when he started exhorting in the Methodist societies. In 1748 he succumbed to the 'heretical' doctrines propounded by James Beaumont. In 1750 he adhered to Howel Harris's party, but soon afterwards left it and formed his own sect in the district round Builth. He is said to have influenced others, such as Moses Lewis and Thomas Meredith. It is believed that the doctrines preached by him and his associates were a mixture of mysticism and Monophysitism (or, perhaps, Apollinarianism). One of his followers, Walter Watkin of Brecon, wrote an elegy in his memory. He died 28 February 1790.


Published date: 1959

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