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BASSETT , CHRISTOPHER ( 1753 - 1784 ), Methodist cleric .

Born at Aberthaw , Penmark, (Glam.) , son of Christopher and Alice Bassett , both of whom were disciples of Howel Harris . He was educated at Cowbridge grammar school and Jesus College , Oxford , where he graduated B.A. in 1772 ( M.A. 1775 ). He was ordained by the bishop of London and was a curate under the famous William Romaine at S. Anne's , Blackfriars ; he was also appointed ‘ lecturer ’ at S. Ethelburga's .

When his health broke down he returned to Wales where, in 1778 , he became curate at S. Fagans , after which he was curate at Porthkerry ; in both of these places he established Methodist societies. He travelled throughout South Wales , preaching to the Methodists .

In 1783 his health again deteriorated, and he went to his sister's house in Bristol to recuperate; he d. there of tuberculosis , 8 Feb. 1784 , and his body was brought to S. Athan for burial. Elegies to his memory were written by John Williams , S. Athan , 1728 - 1806 , and William Williams , Pantycelyn . At the same time David Jones , Llan-gan , published a booklet giving an account of his life: Llythyr oddiwrth Dafydd ab Ioan y Pererin at Ioan ab Gwilim y Prydydd … ( Trevecka , 1784 ).


  • D. Jones , Llythyr oddi wrth Dafydd ab Ioan y pererin [i.e. David Jones] at Ioan ab Gwilim y prydydd [i.e. John Williams], yn rhoddi byrr hanes o fywyd a marwolaeth y Parchedig Christopher Basset, Athraw yn y Celfyddydau, o Aber-ddawen, yn Sir Forganwg … ynghyd â marwnad ar ei farwolaeth, a gyfansoddwyd gan Ioan ab Gwilim mewn ffordd o lythyr at … Dafydd ab Ioan (1784) ;
  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , iii, 94;
  • Y Tadau Methodistaidd (1895) ii, 129-33;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , xv, 24.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959