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Thomas Williams (fl.1741-1752)

Thomas Williams was the first Methodist preacher to work in Ireland. He came from a respectable Welsh family and received a university education. He entered the itinerancy in 1741 and worked with John Wesley in Newcastle. Early in 1743 he was appointed by George Whitefield to be superintendent of his societies in parts of South Wales and he also attended the Conference of Calvinistic Methodists which was held later that year. The following year however he re-joined the Wesleys and in 1747 crossed to Dublin.

Williams laboured as a preacher in Ireland from 1747 to 1752. His ministry was attended by great success and he accompanied both John and Charles Wesley during their visits to Ireland. He withdrew from the movement in 1752 and obtained Anglican Orders.

Source: C. F Crookshank, Methodism in Ireland (1885), volume 1

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