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REES , GABRIEL ( 1757 - 1807 ), Baptist minister ;

b. near Llanglydwen, Carms. , early in 1757 . He was baptized in 1778 at Rhydwilym , began to preach immediately afterwards, and was ordained in June 1789 . Although he lived in Pant-hywel , Tre-lech , he ministered to the congregations at Rhydwilym and its branches, asking for no salary except a wage for his man-servant. He preached often in the assemblies of his denomination ; he travelled also as a missioner . He belonged to the group of revivalist preachers who were nicknamed ‘ the people of the strange fire .’ With others he was appointed to support moderate Calvinism at Carmarthen in 1799 . Although he was not accounted a great thinker, hardly any one was received with a warmer welcome than he by various congregations. He d. 21 May 1807 . Joshua Watkins (q.v.) composed an elegy on his death.


  • H. Price , Hanes Eglwys Rhydwilym yr eglwys henaf ymhlith y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru, ond un, sef Olchon, neu Gapelyffin, Swydd Frycheiniog (Haverfordwest, 1855) ;
  • J. Gwili Jenkins , Hanfod Duw a Pherson Crist athrawiaeth y Drindod a Duwdod Crist, yn bennaf yn ei pherthynas â Chymru (Liverpool, 1931) , 276;
  • Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru , 1930 ;
  • A History of Carmarthenshire , ii, 233.


Reverend William Joseph Rhys, (1880-1967), Gelli, Rhondda / Treherbert

Published date: 1959