Thomas Charles Edwards

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For the modern-day Oxford University academic, see Thomas Charles-Edwards.
Portrait photograph by John Thomas, c. 1885

Thomas Charles Edwards (22 September 1837 – 22 March 1900) was a Welsh minister, writer and academic who was the first Principal of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Life[edit]

He was born at Llanycil, Bala, Merionethshire, on 22 September 1837. His mother was a granddaughter of Thomas Charles, the organiser of Welsh Calvinistic Methodism.[1] Edwards was the son of Lewis Edwards, founder of the Bala Theological College, and great-grandson of Thomas Charles, the prominent Calvinistic Methodist preacher.[2]

He was educated at at his father's college in Bala, at St Alban Hall, Oxford and at Lincoln College, Oxford. At Oxford he was deeply influenced by Mark Pattison and Benjamin Jowett, and kept in touch with them for the rest of their lives.[3]

He began preaching with the Presbyterian Church of Wales in 1856. He became minister of the Windsor Street chapel in Liverpool, and later of the Catherine Street chapel in the same city. He was accounted one of the leading preachers of his generation.

In 1872 the new university at Aberystwyth was founded, and Edwards was appointed as the first Principal. He resigned from this post in 1891, partly for health reasons and partly to follow his father as head of the Bala Theological College. [1] He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1887.

He married Mary Roberts in 1876; they had four children.[3]

He died at Bala on 22 March 1900.[1]

Publications[edit]

  • Edwards, Thomas Charles (1885). A commentary on the First Epistle to the Corinthians. London: Hodder and Stoughton.  Two editions in 1885. US publication of second edition: New York City: A. C. Armstrong & Son (1886)
  • — (1885). "A Sermon". In Jones. Welsh Pulpit. 
  • — (1887). Memoir of his father, Lewis Edwards. 
  • — (1888). The Epistle to the Hebrews. London: Hodder and Stoughton.  Nine editions up to 1904. Also published by: New York City: A. C. Armstrong & Son, Toronto: Willard Tract Depository & Bible Depot
  • — (1890). Yr Epistol at yr Hebreaid [The Epistle to the Hebrews] (in Welsh). Caernafon: D. W. Davies. 
  • — (1895). The God-Man. London: Hodder and Stoughton. Retrieved 6 November 2014.  (Davis Lecture)
  • — (1901). Bywyd a Llythyrau y Diweddar Barch Lewis Edwards [Life and Letters of the Late Rev. Lewis Edwards] (in Welsh). Liverpool: Isaac Foulkes.  (About his father)

He also published individual sermons.

Sculpture by Goscombe John

Statue at Aberyswyth University[edit]

A statue of Thomas Charles Edwards was unveiled in July 1922 in the forecourt of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. The sculptor was Goscombe John.[4]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gordon 1901.
  2. ^ Evans, Rev. Trebor Lloyd. "Edwards, Lewis (1809-1887)". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Edwards, Rev. Gwilym Arthur. "Edwards, Thomas Charles (1837-1900)". Dictionary of Welsh Biography. National Library of Wales. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project". Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGordon, Alexander (1901). "Edwards, Thomas Charles". In Sidney Lee. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co.