WILLIAMS, EDMUND (1717 - 1742), an early hymnist of the Methodist revival

Name: Edmund Williams
Date of birth: 1717
Date of death: 1742
Gender: Male
Occupation: early hymnist of the Methodist revival
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Poetry; Religion
Author: Arthur Gray-Jones

He was a native of Cwmtillery, Monmouth, and one of the converts made by Howel Harris on his first preaching visit to Monmouthshire in March-April 1738. A churchman of good family and well-to-do, he was educated and devout, and under Harris's influence became a ' much respected exhorter among the Methodists.' He and Morgan John Lewis, his friend and fellow-convert, published a collection of Welsh hymns printed by S. Mason of Pontypool in 1741, and another collection of his hymns was published posthumously in 1742 by Felix Farley, of Bristol. According to Edmund Jones he also published ' something against dancing.' He died in April, and was buried 17 April 1742.


Published date: 1959

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