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DAVID , PHILIP ( 1709 - 1787 ), Independent minister of Penmain, Mon. ;

b. in the Ebbw Fawr valley, Mon. , 11 June 1709 . His thoughts were turned to religion by the preaching of James Davies of Merthyr Tydfil (d. 1760 ) (q.v.) , c. 1720 . He began preaching in 1732 , and in 1739 was ordained co-pastor of Penmain to assist David Williams (who had been there since 1710 , and remained there till his death in 1759 ). Philip David was then pastor till he d. 3 Feb. 1787 . The church kept a level membership of about 100 throughout his pastorate. He was a man of conservative and crabbed temperament, and his manuscript diaries are highly interesting, reflecting as they do the prejudice of ‘dry Dissent’ against the Methodistical tendencies which were winning the day among Welsh Independents in Philip David 's later years. Philip Charles of Cefn-coed-cymer (q.v.) was a nephew of his.


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 26-8;
  • Y Dysgedydd , May 1934 ;
  • Y Cofiadur , 1935 , 37.


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

Published date: 1959