Rev. David Jones Llan-Gan, 1736-1810, and His Contribution to Welsh Calvinistic Methodism

Author: Higham, R. Brian
This work evaluates the contribution made by the Rev. David Jones of Llangan in the development of Welsh Calvinistic Methodism towards the end of the eighteenth century. This book contains nine color photographs and six black and white photographs.


“. . . demonstrates that by the end of the eighteenth century Welsh Methodism was clearly Calvinist in its conviction and widespread in its impact. By this time it had produced a soul culture that was refreshingly biblical, and a force to be reckoned with in the land. Its stability and tenacity for the challenges of a new century was in no small measure due to the labours of David Jones and his Methodist colleagues. This work makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of its essential nature and lasting appeal.” – Prof Eifion Evans, Welsh Church historian

“. . . .the anecdotal evidence concerning the character of the man and the nature of his preaching, is fully confirmed.” – Prof. John Aaron, Historian

“. . . draws together material from a wide range of sources, both manuscript and print, in both Welsh and English. Of especial value is his detailed discussion of David Jones’s diaries, sermons and letters and his extensive quotations from them, which provides access in print to much of this material for the very first time.” – Dr. E. Wyn James, Cardiff University

“Higham provides much detail on Jones’ life and ministry, his relationships with other Methodist leaders and much on the link with the Countess of Huntingdon and Calvinistic Methodism in England. Higham’s study makes a important contribution to our knowledge of early Welsh Methodism.” – Dr. David Ceri Jones, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Eifion Evans
1. An Introduction to the Age
2. Conversion and Settlement at Llan-gan
3. Family Life and Early Ministry
4. The Latter Years
5. The Vale of Glamorgan and Beyond
6. A True and Tender Evangelist
7. The Countess of Huntingdon and the Cheshunt Letters
8. The Prose Writings of David Jones
9. The Preacher and His Sermons
Appendix I: Welsh Hymns
Appendix II: A Listing of David Jones’s Sermons
Appendix III: A Prayer of David Jones
Appendix IV: Verses Sent to the Countess of Huntingdon