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DAVIES , JOHN ( 1799? - 1879 ), known as ‘ John Davies of Nerquis ’ a Calvinistic Methodist minister

renowned in his day for his wit and originality. There is a ‘biography’ of him, by George Jones ( Wrexham , 1907 ), very deficient in dates and other particulars. It would seem that he was brought up at Mold , though his family hailed from Nerquis, Flints. ; he was received into Mold Methodist society in 1815 ‘when 16 years of age’ ( G . Owen , Methodistiaeth Sir Fflint , 323), and according to his mourning-card he was ‘79’ when he d. ( Y Cylchgrawn , 1879 , 135), so he must have been b. in 1799 or 1800 , and not in 1808 as some have it. He began preaching in 1822 and was ordained in 1834 ; he was a very remarkable preacher , and published, 1869 , a commentary on the Book of Proverbs , which had a great vogue. One fact should be mentioned, which suggests that his political views were more advanced than were those of many Methodist ministers before the middle of the 19th cent. — he favoured the agitation in 1841 for the repeal of the Corn Laws (see Cylchgrawn Rhyddid , 1 Jan. 1842 ). He d. 5 March 1879 .


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

Published date: 1959