Dictionary of Welsh Biography

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

ELLIS , GRIFFITH ( 1844 - 1913 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister .

Born 24 Sept. 1844 at Corris, Mer. Affected by the revival of 1859 , he began preaching in 1863 , entered Bala College in 1865 , and at the end of his course served as assistant-tutor there, 1870-1 . He then entered Balliol College , Oxford , where he graduated in 1876 ( M.A. 1879 ) with a third class in Lit. Hum.; the master ( Jowett ) showed him much kindness (see Abbott and Campbell 's Life of Jowett , ii, 70). Before leaving Oxford , Ellis had been called to the pastorate of Stanley Road C.M. church , Bootle (he preached at the opening of the new chapel there in Dec. 1876 ), which he occupied until his retirement. He worked very hard in the church, which became a very large one; he was a model pastor , who gave every opportunity of service to young people, and carefully tended the week-night activities of the church. In his presbytery, too, and in the affairs of his denomination, he acquired great influence, becoming moderator of the North Wales C.M. Association in 1900 , and of the General Assembly in 1896 ; it was he who delivered the first ‘ Davies lecture ’ in 1894 (published in 1895 under the title Y Syched am Dduw ).

He had a most tenacious memory and a considerable capacity for research, with a meticulous care for exactitude in dating; but he overburdened his books with detail and was far too fond of quotations. His other books were Hanes Methodistiaeth Corris a'r Amgylchoedd , 1885 , Welsh biographies of William Carey , 1897 , W. E. Gladstone , 1898 , and Edward Morgan ( 1817 - 1871 ) of Dyffryn , 1906 — he also wrote many articles in periodicals . Neither as preacher nor as writer was Ellis particularly original; but he was a man of notable courtesy and graciousness. He retired from his charge in 1911 , suffering from deafness , and died 14 July 1913 .


  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1914 ;
  • Y Goleuad , 23 July 1913 ;
  • Camau'r Cysegr sef hanes Eglwys y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd Stanley Road Bootle (1926) , 33-45;
  • personal acquaintance.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959