- J. A. Oddy
Richards, William (1749–1818), General Baptist minister and historian, was born in early 1749 in Boncath, Penrhydd parish, Pembrokeshire, the son of Henry Richards (1708/9–1768), a farmer, who moved in 1758 to Pen-coed, Meidrim, Carmarthenshire, and his wife, Mary (c.1717–1801); both parents were committed Particular Baptists. He received only a year's schooling, in his twelfth year; nevertheless, with paternal backing, he successfully educated himself. On 3 March 1769 he received believer's baptism at ...