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GRIFFITH , GRIFFITH WYNNE ( 1883 - 1967 ), minister (Presb.) and author . B. 4 Feb. 1883 in Brynteci , Llandyfrydog , Anglesey , son of John and Judith Griffith . He worked on his father's farm until he was 18 years old when he went to the school kept by Cynffig Davies in Menai Bridge , to prepare himself for the ministry. He was accepted as a candidate for the ministry by the Anglesey Presbytery in 1903 . He was educated in the University College Bangor (where he graduated in philosophy), and in the Theological College at Bala (where he graduated in theology). He also went for a period ( 1909 ) to Jesus College , Oxford . He was ord. in 1911 , and ministered in Bryn-du , Anglesey ( 1910-13 ), Douglas Rd. , Liverpool ( 1913-23 ), Tabernacl , Porthmadog ( 1923-29 ), and Tabernacl , Bangor ( 1929-46 ). He m., 1914 , Grace Roberts , of Dwyran , Anglesey ; they had three sons and a daughter. After retiring he lived in Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll . He d. 2 Feb. 1967 in his son's home, Huw Wynne Griffith , a minister (Presb.) in Aberystwyth , and was buried in Dwyran chapel graveyard, Anglesey .

He was an elegant and powerful preacher in his day, and became one of the leaders of his denomination. He was Moderator of the Association in the North ( 1952 ), and of the General Assembly ( 1959 ). He delivered the Davies Lecture in 1942 , which was published in 1946 under the title Datblygiad a Datguddiad . He was chief editor of Y Cyfarwyddwr ( 1929-30 ), and an assistant editor of the same journal 1931-44 . He was also editor of Y Goleuad ( 1949-57 ). He was secretary of the committee which prepared the Welsh ‘ short confession of faith ’, and the book of services, Llyfr gwasanaeth ( 1958 ). He was a member of the committee for the new Welsh translation of the Bible , and of the Council and Court of governors of the University College , Bangor . He contributed articles to Y Geiriadur Beiblaidd ( 1926 ), and to The Dictionary of Welsh Biography . He published two novels, Helynt Coed y Gell ( 1928 ) and Helynt Ynys Gain ( 1939 ), and a number of other books: Paul y cenhadwr ( 1925 ), Rhai o gymeriadau'r Hen Destament ( 1927 ), Y Groes ( 1943 ), The Wonderful Life ( 1941 ), Ffynnon Bethlehem ( 1948 ), and a biography of Helen Rowlands 1961 . During his last years he composed and translated many hymns , and published a collection of them, Odlau'r Efengyl , in 1959 . Chapters of his autobiography appeared in Y Goleuad , and during the year of his death they were published under the title Cofio'r blynyddoedd . Despite all this activity his compositions as a preacher and author were always polished.

Bibliography:

  • Cofio'r blynyddoedd , 1967 (1967) , passim ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1968 , 280-1;
  • information from his son, the late Huw Wynne Griffith , Aberystwyth.

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe