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BREWER , JEHOIADA ( 1752? - 1817 ), Independent minister and hymn-writer .

Born about 1752 at Newport, Mon. He was induced by a minister of lady Huntingdon's connexion to go to her college at Trevecka , and for that reason was debarred from Anglican orders. He started to preach around Bath , and was also very popular in Monmouthshire . He became successively minister at Rodborough (Glos.) and Sheffield (Queen Street) , 1783-95 . In 1795 he was appointed minister of Carr's Lane chapel , Birmingham , in succession to Dr. Edward Williams of Rotherham ; but in 1802 accompanied a secession thence to Livery Street . He d. 24 Aug. 1817 while a large new chapel in Steelhouse Lane was being built for him. Some of his sermons were published, and several of his hymns, e.g. ‘ Hiding Place ’ and ‘ Star of Bethlehem ’ (translated into Welsh ), became very popular.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870) , 74;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 42;
  • Miall , Congregationalism in Yorkshire a chapter of modern church history (1868) ;
  • James , The History of Protestant Nonconformity in Birmingham (1850) ;
  • Transactions of the Congregational Historical Society , i, 333 seqq. , viii, 165.


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959