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Tom Beynon (1886 – 10 February 1961)was a Welsh Presbyterian minister, author and historian.
Tom Beynon was born to William and Elizabeth Beynon and grew up in Mynydd-y-Garreg, Carmarthenshire. After completing local schooling in 1903, he began work in the Pontyberem area, where he attended the local Soar Church and began preaching. Soon after he entered training at the Old College School, Carmarthen, then took further training at Newcastle Emlyn Grammar School and Bala Theological College, and was ordained a pastor of the Tabernacle of Blaengwynfi, Glamorgan, in 1916. He went on to serve at Horeband Gosen near Aberystwyth (1933–1951).
Beynon was an enthusiastic historian of Calvinistic Methodism in Wales. His writings appeared in Y Drysorfa, Y Goleuad , Y Traethodydd , and in local papers such as the Llanelly Mercury and the Welsh Gazette . His essays were issued in collections: Golud a Mawl Dyffryn Tywi (1936), Gwrid ar Orwel ym Morgannwg (1938), Treftadaeth y Cenfu a Maes Gwenllian (1941), Cwmsêl a Chefn Sidan (1946), and Allt Cunedda, Llechdwnni a Mwdlwscwm (1955). He also edited and contributed to the Journal of the Calvinistic Methodist History Society between 1933 and 1947.
Tom Beynon died at his home in Penparcau, Aberystwyth, in February 1961 and was buried in Mynydd-y-Garreg.
Kidwelly is a town and community in Carmarthenshire, southwest Wales, approximately 7 miles (11 km) northwest of the most populous town in the county, Llanelli. In the 2001 census the community of Kidwelly returned a population of 3,289, increasing to 3,523 at the 2011 Census.
The Presbyterian Church of Wales, also known as the Calvinistic Methodist Church, is a denomination of Protestant Christianity in Wales.
Trefeca, located between Talgarth and Llangorse Lake in what is now south Powys in Wales, was the birthplace and home of the 18th-century Methodist leader Howell Harris (1714–1773),. It was also the site of two Calvinistic Methodist colleges at different times; the first sponsored by Selina, Countess of Huntingdon in the late eighteenth century; the second supported by the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Connexion in the later nineteenth century.
Lewis Edwards was a Welsh educator and Nonconformist minister.
Mynydd-y-Garreg or Mynyddygarreg is a village in the county of Carmarthenshire, West Wales. It borders the historic town of Kidwelly.
David Benjamin Rees is a Welsh and English-language publisher, author, lecturer and minister in the Presbyterian Church of Wales since 1962. He is a leader of the Welsh community in Liverpool, and heads one of the city's five remaining Welsh chapels. His small publishing house, Modern Welsh Publications Ltd, was established in 1963 and from 1963 to 1968 it operated from Abercynon in the Cynon Valley of South Wales. Since 1968 it has operated from Allerton, Liverpool and is the only Welsh language publishing house still operating in the city of Liverpool.
The United Theological College located in Aberystwyth, in the county of Ceredigion in mid Wales, is a Grade II listed building which was the ministerial training college of the Presbyterian Church of Wales from 1906 to 2003 and an associate college of the University of Wales.
Soar-y-mynydd or Soar y mynydd is a Calvinist Methodist chapel near the eastern extremity of the large parish of Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion. It is claimed to be the remotest chapel in Wales. Its name is Welsh for ‘Zoar of the mountain’. Zoar or its Welsh equivalent Soar is a not uncommon chapel name in Wales which derives from the mention in Genesis 19:20–30 of the place which served as a sanctuary for Lot and his daughters and which was spared by God when the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.
John Robert Jones, was a Welsh philosopher.
Tom Macdonald (1900–1980) was a Welsh journalist and novelist, whose most significant publication was his highly evocative account of growing up in the north of Cardiganshire in the years before the Great War, which was published in 1975 as The White Lanes of Summer.
Bala-Bangor was a theological seminary belonging to the Welsh Independents, an association of Welsh congregationalists. It was founded in 1841 at Llanuwchllyn, then moved to a permanent location at Bala, Gwynedd in 1842 under the principalship of Michael Jones (1787–1853), who was followed by his son Michael D. Jones (1822–1898).
Ieuan Gwyllt was the bardic name of Welsh musician and minister John Roberts. His bardic name is derived from the pen name he used whilst writing poetry as a boy, Ieuan Gwyllt Gelltydd Melindwr. He was born at Tanrhiwfelen, a house just outside Aberystwyth, and died in Caernarfon on 14 May 1877. He was buried at Caeathro cemetery near Caernarfon.
Aberystwyth is a university and seaside town as well as a community in Ceredigion, Wales. Located in the historic county of Cardiganshire, Aberystwyth means "the mouth of the Ystwyth". Aberystwyth University has been a major educational location in Wales since the establishment of University College Wales in 1872.
Dilys Grace Edmunds (1879–1926), an early twentieth century teacher in India from a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist background, whose fund-raising work supported school building programmes in the Karimanj District of India.
Richard Owen was a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist minister and preacher.
Thomas Hughes Jones was a Welsh poet and writer from Ceredigion (Cardiganshire) in West Wales. He wrote several collections of stories and contributed to various journals, including Welsh Outlook, throughout his career. In 1940 he won the Literature Medal for his story, "Sgweier Hafila", at the National Eisteddfod. His pen name was generally abbreviated to "T. Hughes Jones".
John Gwynoro Davies was a Welsh Methodist minister. His father was minister Evan Davies. He was born in Llanpumpsaint, Carmarthenshire, and attended a local school, where he became a pupil-teacher. At just 20 years of age he was appointed headmaster of Dinas school, Rhondda. A few years later he decided to enter the Calvinistic Methodist ministry, and in 1877 entered Aberystwyth University College. He later moved to North Wales to study at Bala College. In 1887 he was appointed minister of Caersalem, Barmouth, and remained there until his death in 1935.
Owen Prys was a Calvinistic Methodist minister and first Principal of the United Theological College in Aberystwyth in Wales (1906–27) and Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Wales in 1910. The Welsh scholar Sir Ifor Williams described him as one of the most powerful preachers of the 20th-century.
Richard Owens was a Welsh architect, working mostly on urban housing in Liverpool, England and on the construction of chapels in Wales.
Alwyn David Rees (1911-1974) was a Welsh geographer, social anthropologist and Welsh nationalist, who wrote as Alwyn D. Rees. After studying geography and anthropology at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, he was a tutor in the College's External Department from 1936 to 1946. He was a lecturer in the Department of Geography and Anthropology until 1949, when he was appointed Director of the External Studies Department. Rees pioneered the rural sociology of Britain with Life in a Welsh countryside (1950), a community study of the Welsh village of Llanfihangel yng Ngwynfa. From 1966 until his death he edited the Welsh magazine Barn.