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Bangor University
Rev. David Davies (Dewi Eden) Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS DDDE

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Rev. David Davies (Dewi Eden) Papers

Short Title: Rev. David Davies (Dewi Eden) Papers

Creation date(s): 1817 - 1914

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 9 items

Name of creator(s): Rev. David Davies.


Administrative/Biographical history: David Davies, 1858 - 1929, was also known as Dewi Eden. He was a preacher, a poet, an antiquarian and a public figure with the temperance cause and education. He was raised in Trawsfynydd, Merioneth as a Scotch Baptist. Baptised in 1875, he began preaching in 1882 and moved to Harlech in 1886 to become a joint minister at Rehoboth Church with Robert Humphreys.
It appears that David Davies became a well known figure in the 1890's, calling for greater cooperation between the Baptists and the Scotch Baptists. He later became minister of Tabernacle Church, where he stayed until his death.
His main published works are Cofiant Morris Rowland (1899), Bywgraffiad J. R. Jones o Ramoth (1911), Ardudwy a'i Gwron (1914) and Y bedyddwyr ar lannau Merionydd (1919).
For information regarding the history of the Scotch Baptists in Harlech, consult Traethawd ar hanes y Bedyddwyr Albanaidd yn Harlech (1891) by William Williams.


Scope and content/abstract: The papers consist of a bound collection of letters and papers, some of which relate to John Salisbury of Llanefydd, others have been written by Alexander Brodie, 1853-1865 and all relate to the Baptist cause in Harlech and surrounding area.
Minute book of Bethel Baptist Chapel, Harlech, 1817- 1866, in various hands.
Account books of Rehoboth Baptist Chapel, Harlech, 1822- 1914, together with a register of births, 1823-1837, and deaths 1887-1889.
List of promises by the members of Ainon Chapel towards the new chapel, 1896, along with an account book of the building of the new chapel, 1896-1906.
A note book in the hand of a James Owen, a work on Trawsfynydd folklore and a book of poetry dating from 1864.
Various works by Dewi Eden such as contributions to the press, poetry, and references to the dispute between the two branches of the Baptists in 1894-1896. Also, his book of preaching appointments and diary, 1890 - 1898.


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System of arrangement: Papers incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts . There is no apparent system of arrangement.

Conditions governing access: Open to all users.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 1725-1733

Language codes: wel


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Publication note: Some of the letters relating to John Salisbury were published in Yr Ymwelydd (1914-1916)


Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, June 2002.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Baptists | Wales | Harlech
Harlech (Wales) | Church history
Scotch Baptists | Wales | Harlech
Trawsfynydd (Wales) | Folklore

Personal names
Davies , David , 1859-1929 , Dewi Eden
Salisbury , John , d. 1872

Corporate names
Ainon (Church : Harlech, Wales)
Bethel Baptist Church (Harlech, Wales)
Rehoboth | (Church : Harlech, Wales)

Harlech (Wales)
Trawsfynydd (Wales)

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