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William or Billy Bray (1794-1868)

William or Billy Bray was born of Methodist parentage near Truro in Cornwall. He led a drunken and dissolute existence until his conversion at the age of twenty-eight. Bray became a Bible Christian local preacher and his enthusiastic and unconventional style of preaching made him one of the best known figures in the Connexion.

Despite never giving up his occupation as a tin miner, Bray was a phenominally sucessful evangelist who built three chapels either with his own hands or by appeals. He has been described as the last of the Cornish saints.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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