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DAVIDS , THOMAS WILLIAM ( 1816 - 1884 ), Independent minister and ecclesiastical historian ;

b. 11 June 1816 in Gower , where his father, a Ffald-y-brenin man and a kinsman of David Jones ( 1736 - 1810 ) (q.v.) of Llan-gan , was minister . His parents d. when he was young and he was brought up by his uncle, Thomas Thomas of Lampeter Velfrey, Pembs. It was intended that he should be a doctor but he insisted on following in his father's footsteps and was therefore sent to Homerton College , London . In 1840 he was appointed minister of the Independent church at Colchester , Essex , where he remained until 1875 . He was for many years secretary of the local Independent connexion , and on the occasion of the bicentenary of the ‘ Ejection of the Two Thousand ’ wrote the history of those who had been extruded in the Colchester area. This work, which bore the marks of the most painstaking research, was published in 1863 . He had collected a great deal of material for a larger work on the history of Nonconformity in Essex , but d. 11 April 1884 before this was completed. THOMAS DAVIDS ( 1843 - 1922 ), professor of comparative religion and an authority on Buddhism , was his son.


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 441;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Who was who? , 1916-28 .


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

Published date: 1959