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BRACE , DAVID ONLLWYN ( 1848 - 1891 ), Independent minister .

Born 11 Nov. 1848 at Onllwyn near Neath of humble parentage. He began to preach at Onllwyn . He was a student at the Independent college , Bala , 1866-9 , and was ordained in Rhos-y-medre, Denbs. , 24 Oct. 1870 . In 1872 he moved to Pant-y-crwys in the Swansea valley and, for a time, was minister at Felindre and at Bethel , Llan-twrch . He then moved to Bethel , Aberdare .

As a young man he took pains to cultivate his taste, and his sermons were characterized by their fastidious style. He also achieved success as a poet in the eisteddfodau ; in particular, he excelled in writing elegies and was considered by many the most distinguished elegist of his time. He published Cerddi Onllwyn in 1888 , and a volume of love-songs, Rachel , in 1890 . He d. 28 June 1891 .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iv, 32;
  • Bala Independent College reports , 1866-9 ;
  • Isaac Foulkes, Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870);
  • Henry Blackwell, 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77.


Reverend John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959