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LEWIS , DAVID ( 1760 - 1850 ), cleric ;

b. in 1760 at Derwen Groes , Abergwili, Carms. , son of David Lewis . He was educated at Llanpumpsaint and at the Presbyterian Academy , Carmarthen , under Robert Gentleman . He matriculated at Oxford University from Jesus College in June 1782 , but does not appear to have graduated. He served as schoolmaster and curate at Oswestry , being ordained priest in May 1785 ; in Jan. 1787 he was instituted to the benefice of Aber-nant, Carms. , and in March 1787 to the perpetual curacy of Cynwyl Elfed . He served these parishes till his death on 28 July 1850 . In addition, he was from 1794 to 1850 rector of Garthbeibio, Mont. He was buried at Aber-nant . Lewis was a J.P. for the county of Carmarthen , and auditor of the Christian Knowledge and Church Union Society , founded by bishop Burgess of S. Davids (q.v.) , to assist candidates for holy orders . He was one of the supporters of the Carmarthen eisteddfodau , and wrote the preface to the pryddestau of the eisteddfod held there in 1819 . He also published a translation of Wood on the Catechism.


  • Yr Haul , 1850, 320 ;
  • Seren Gomer , 1850 , 287;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , s.v. Garthbeibio;
  • A History of Carmarthenshire , ii, 125;
  • The Welshman , 2 Aug. 1850 ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) .


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959