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WILLIAMS , THOMAS CHARLES ( 1868 - 1927 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ; b. 28 Aug. 1868 at Bryntirion , Gwalchmai , Anglesey , son of the Rev. Hugh Williams , his mother being the daughter of the Rev. John Charles ( 1784 - 1858 ) and sister of the Revs. Hugh ( 1806 - 1839 ), John ( 1809 - 1865 ), William ( 1817 - 1849 ), and David ( 1823 - 1860 ) Charles — the two latter being very popular preachers. ( Thomas , another brother, died young.) He was educated at Oswestry , Bala , Aberystwyth , and Jesus College , Oxford , where he graduated with honours in 1897 . In 1923 he received the degree of D.D. from Edinburgh University . He came straight from Oxford to become pastor of the Calvinistic Methodist church at Menai Bridge — his sole pastorate. He was moderator of the North Wales C.M. Association ( 1918-19 ) and of the General Assembly ( 1921-22 ). His preaching in Welsh and English was characterised by perfect artistry. Of fine personal appearance, he was endowed with a lively imagination, a rich resonant voice, and great fluency of speech. He had a keen wit and some of his epigrams are still remembered by his fellow-countrymen. He d. 29 Sept. 1927 , and was buried at Llantysilio .

Bibliography:

  • Personal knowledge;
  • [for an account of his family, see R. Hughes , Enwogion Môn, 1850–1912 , 1913 , under ‘Charles, John,’ and Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1912 , under ‘Williams, Hugh’ (Gwalchmai)].

Author:

Rev. John Edward Hughes, B.D., (1879-1959), Brynsiencyn