William Thomas (Islwyn)
The Rev. WILLIAM THOMAS (Islwyn) was born
at Mynydd-islwyn, in the county of Monmouth, April
3, 1832. His life was spent in the secluded and
undisturbed neighbourhood of his birth; and there
he died November 20, 1878. Purposing in his
early youth to become a land surveyor, at the age
of twenty-two the inward impulse led him to the
pulpit. He was ordained at Llangeitho Association
in 1859, but he never took a pastoral charge.
He suffered much from melancholy. In consequence
his preaching engagements were not kept as faithfully
as they should have been. Sometimes an elder
would announce him in the following significant
terms: 'Islwyn will preach here next Sunday--if he comes.'