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Abraham, William [pseud. Mabon] (1842–1922), trade unionist and politician, was born at Cwmafan, near Port Talbot, Glamorgan, on 14 June 1842, the fourth son of Thomas and Mary Abraham. His father, a coalminer and copper smelter, soon died, leaving his mother to raise a large family. ...

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William Abraham [Mabon] (1842–1922) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Adam, William (1828–1898), carpet manufacturer, was born on 10 June 1828 in Paisley, the eldest of five children and the only son of Peter Adam (c.1798–1861), hand-loom weaver, and his wife, Elisa.

Adam began his career in Paisley, working as a hand-loom cotton weaver and later as a warehouseman. On 16 June 1854 he married ...

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Andrews [née Smith], Elizabeth (1882–1960), political organizer and campaigner for women's rights, was born on 15 December 1882 at 13 John Street, Penderyn, Brecknockshire, the third of the eleven children of Samuel Smith, coalminer and general dealer, and his wife, Charlotte, née...

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Ballard, Philip Boswood (1865–1950), educationist, was born on 13 February 1865 at Tŷ Gwyn, Maesteg, Glamorgan, the second of four children of Evan Ballard, grocer, draper, and later manager of a tinplate works, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Philip Cook, a local doctor. Between the ages of five and seventeen, he attended the local British elementary school in ...

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Charles, David (1812–1878), Calvinistic Methodist minister and educationist, was born on 23 July 1812 in Bala, the fourth in the family of three daughters and two sons of Thomas Rice Charles (d. 1819), a linen draper, and his wife, Maria, née Jones...

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Charles, David (1762–1834), Calvinistic Methodist preacher and writer, a younger brother of the celebrated Thomas Charles of Bala, and son of Rees Charles, farmer, and his wife, Jael Bowen, was born at Pant-dwfn, Llanfihangel Abercywyn, in Carmarthenshire, on 11 October 1762. He was apprenticed to a flax dresser and rope maker at ...

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Thomas Charles (1755–1814) by Hugh Hughes, c. 1814 by permission of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

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Charles, Thomas (1755–1814), Methodist preacher, was born on 14 October 1755, probably at Longmoor, Llanfihangel Abercywyn, Carmarthenshire. He was the son of Rees Charles, a prosperous farmer, and his wife, Jael Bowen; David Charles (1762–1834) was his younger brother. All their sons were given an education. ...

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Alexander Gordon

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Churchey, Walter (1747–1805), poet, was born at Brecon on 7 November 1747 into a family which may have originated in Somerset. His father was Walter, fifth son of Walter Churchy of Brecon (d. 1646). He attended Christ College, Brecon, where Thomas Coke...

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Davies, Aneirin Talfan [Aneirin ap Talfan] (1909–1980), author and broadcaster, was born on 11 May 1909 at Islwyn, Felindre, near Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, the second of the four sons of William Talfan Davies (1873–1938), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and his wife, Alys, née Jones (1878–1948)...

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Davies, David (1818–1890), industrialist and politician, was born at Drain-Tewion, Llandinam, Montgomeryshire, on 18 December 1818, the eldest of the nine children of David Davies (d. 1846), farmer and timber sawyer, and his wife, Elizabeth (probably née Felix). He left the village school at the age of eleven, and helped his father in farming and sawing timber; in later life he sometimes boasted that he was always ‘top sawyer’. When his father died in 1846 he had to support the family, but his career took a dramatic new turn when he was asked to undertake a contract to build a bridge over the ...

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Davies, David Charles (1826–1891), Calvinistic Methodist minister and college head, was born at Aberystwyth on 11 May 1826, the eldest son of Robert Davies (1790–1841), a draper, and Eliza, daughter of David Charles of Carmarthenshire. His father was one of the leading laymen among the Calvinistic Methodists of ...

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Davies, George Maitland Lloyd (1880–1949), pacifist, was born on 30 April 1880 at the family home in Peel Road, Sefton Park, Liverpool, the fourth surviving son of John Davies (1837–1909), tea merchant, and Gwen, née Jones (1839–1918). The family attended Princes Road Presbyterian Chapel...

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G. C. Boase

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Davies, Griffith (1788–1855), actuary, son of Owen Davies (1761–1854), farmer and quarryman, and his wife, Mary William, was born at Tŷ Croes, at the foot of Cilgwyn Mountain, in the parish of Llandwrog, Caernarvonshire, on 28 December 1788. He was taught to read and spell in Welsh at the ...

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Davies, Gwendoline Elizabeth [Gwen] (1882–1951), philanthropist and patron of the arts, was born on 11 February 1882 at Plas Dinam, Llandinam, Montgomeryshire, the second of the three children of Edward Davies (1852–1898) and his wife, Mary (d. 1888), daughter of the Calvinistic Methodist minister the ...

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Derec Llwyd Morgan

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Davies, Howell (1717?–1770), Methodist leader, was of unknown origins, though historians usually refer to him as a Monmouthshire man. His family connections and his early employment as a schoolteacher at Talgarth suggest that he could have been brought up in Brecknockshire, where, in 1737, he was converted by ...

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Davies, James [known as Kitchener Davies] (1902–1952), Welsh-language writer, was born on 16 June 1902 in Pant Afallen, Cardiganshire, the third son of Thomas Davies, smallholder and miner, and his first wife, Martha, née Davies. About a year later, the family moved the short distance to the smallholding of ...

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