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CHURCHEY , WALTER ( 1747 - 1805 ), attorney and versifier .

Born at Brecon 7 Nov. 1747 , of a Somerset family domiciled at Brecon since the early 17th cent. , and prominent in that town. He was one of the earliest pillars of (English) Wesleyan Methodism at Brecon , became a personal friend of John Wesley and corresponded with him [and though his claim to have been the first to suggest to Wesley the publication of the Arminian Magazine has been questioned, he appears to have advocated such a suggestion]. He was a prolific writer of religious verse — a list of his published writings is given in the D.N.B. article upon him. [Soon after Wesley 's death, he embraced millenarian views.] He d. at Hay , 3 Dec. 1805 . By his wife Mary Bevan (of Clyro, Rads. ) he had six children; his second son Walter was town clerk of Brecon from 1814 till 1840 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Theophilus Jones , History of the County of Brecknock (3rd ed.), ii, 103;
  • Wesleyan Methodist Magazine (1822–1913) , 1823 , 134;
  • information from Mr. A. H. Williams .


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959