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BASSETT , RICHARD ( 1777 - 1852 ), Methodist cleric .

Born at Tresigin , Llantwit Major , Glamorgan , 7 Nov. 1777 . He was educated at Cowbridge grammar school , and, for a time, at Jesus College , Oxford . He was ordained deacon in 1801 and priest in 1802 . After being curate of S. Athan and Llandow he became rector of Eglwys Brewis in 1832 and vicar of Colwinston in 1843 , where he d. 31 Aug. 1852 .

His greatest friend was William Howels , who brought him to the notice of David Jones of Llan-gan . He now began to consort with the Methodists , but, although he attended their societies and associations and was one of the trustees of their chapels in Glamorgan , he succeeded in retaining his Church of England appointment until his death. He was probably the last clergyman in Wales to be associated with the Methodists .

His brother ELIAS BASSETT , a lawyer , was for many years the leading layman in the Methodist connexion in Glamorgan .


  • E. Morgan , Home Light, or, Brief memoirs and letters of the Rev. R. Bassett, Vicar of Colwinstone, and E. Bassett, Esq., Glamorganshire (1860) ;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1856 , 210.


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

Published date: 1959