Bryn-y-gath (1818)

One of those who ‘became religious’ was the preacher Morris Roberts, Remsen. Dafydd Rolant had been announced to preach in the Llanfachreth area in the August of 1818. There was much expectation and a great deal of talk of the ‘wonderful stirring and awakening that followed him.’[1]One of the places he was to preach at was Bryn-y-gath. He came bare-foot and put on his shoes and stockings in the house. As he preached the ‘Amens’ started. The rejoicing continued after the sermon finished, with the preacher joining those so affected. The following day, which was a Sunday, Dafydd Rolant preached at two o’clock at Buarthyrê, to a barn full of people. Among all those rejoicing and crying out for mercy was Morris Roberts, who had followed Dafydd Rolant in his preaching engagements that day. Some of the congregation went home, but many went to Llanfachreth for the evening service. There were similar scenes there, marking the start of the revival at Trawsfynydd and Llanfachreth. As the Calvinistic Methodists had nowhere to hold church meetings, the converts joined with the Independents.[2]

[1]E. Davies, Cofiant y diweddar Barch. Morris Roberts, Remsen, N.Y.(Utica, N.Y., 1879), p. 37.

[2]Ibid., pp. 37-45; Jones & Thomas, Cofiant Dafydd Rolant, pp. 38-40.

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