Brynsiencyn (1784)

1794 Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, and surrounding districts. ‘About the year 1794, the Lord visited these regions [namely Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, and the surrounding regions] with a very powerful revival, the first and most powerful that had ever been here. Its effects were powerful, not only on these districts, but also on Anglesey in general and parts of Arfon. It began on a day of national fasting held because of the war between thing country and France. At the end of the day of fasting, it was decided to catechise the children in an evening meeting; but in the middle of the task, the catechist had to fall on his knees to pray, and that because he could not refrain himself. Similar feelings descended on the children, who were now surrounding him and crying out for their lives. In this revival the truth first had an effect on the mind of the Rev. David Jones, Dwyran, so much so, at least, that he never forgot the occasion afterwards. Such was the influence on the young people that not so much as one of them was to be seen running horses that were held by the gentleman within less than half a mile of their houses.

‘Brynsiencyn felt very deeply from the revival. It was as if almost all had been captured by its charm. There were only two church members that were not overcome to the extent that that could not refrain from crying out, and it is said of one woman that hardly a whole week would pass without singing and praise.’ [MC ii. 513; Pritchard, Methodistiaeth Môn, p.367]

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