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Daniel Rowland (1711-90)

Daniel Rowland was a son of the Rector of Llangeitho in Cardiganshire, Wales. Rowland himself was ordained in 1735 and served as a curate to his brother in the parishes of Llangeitho and Nantcwnlle. He commenced Evangelical preaching soon after his ordination under the influence of a sermon by the Evangelical preacher Griffith Jones. His open-air sermons were hugely popular and led to large numbers of conversions.

In 1737 he formed a close association with the lay preacher Howell Harris and the religious societies which they founded, mark the beginning of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church. Rowland was the effective leader of the movement from 1743 when he was elected deputy moderator to the absent George Whitefield by the first general assembly of the Church. Rowland's assistant was another evangelical clergyman, the hymn-writer William Williams.

Despite Rowland's successful ministry he was suspended by his bishop in 1763 and a chapel was therefore erected for his use in his old parish of Llangeitho.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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