Daniel Davies (preacher)
The Rev. Daniel Davies, D. D. (1797–1876) was a Welsh Baptist preacher, also known as "Y Dyn Dall" (The Blind Man).
Early life and education
Davies was born at Moelfre, Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, Carmarthenshire. His father was Joshua Davies. He was living in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil as a boy when he became blind after surviving smallpox. In 1815 he was admitted as a student at the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool, where he not only learned manual skills such as basketry and weaving, but also learned to speak English.
Davies was 19 when he started preaching in Wales, at first as a Presbyterian, but soon as a Baptist. In the 1820s he had a stint preaching in Welsh Baptist congregation in London, but he was called to a position at Bethesda Welsh Baptist Chapel in Swansea in 1826, and served that church until 1855. Late in life he preached at various churches in Wales. He took a favorable position on state education and English-language education for Welsh children. He was noted for his intellect and his passion for learning; one acquaintance recalled of his preaching, "He was like one of those transatlantic steamers that must be seen in deep waters to be appreciated."  Rev. D. T. Phillips listed him as one of the "princes of the pulpit" in Welsh history. When a visiting pastor preached in English, Davies translated the message into Welsh for his congregation. Noted Welsh preacher Christmas Evans died at the home of Daniel Davies in 1838, and Davies preached at his funeral.
He sat for a portrait with photographer John Thomas as an old man. Rev. Dr. Davies died in 1876, age 78. His gravesite is in Swansea, in a vault at the former Bethesda Welsh Baptist Chapel. He was married; his wife died before 1856. They had at least one daughter who survived him, a Mrs. J. Rowlands of Llanelly.
- Charles Wilkins, The History of Merthyr Tydfil (J. Williams and Sons 1908): 335–337.
- William Cathcart, ed., The Baptist Encyclopedia (L. H. Everts 1883): 309–310.
- Morris Brynllwyn Owen, "Daniel Davies" Dictionary of Welsh Biography (National Library of Wales 2009).
- John Vyrnwy Morgan, The Life and Sayings of Kilsby Jones: Congregational Minister (Elliot Stock 1896): 164.
- Rev. D. T. Phillips, "The Pulpit of Wales" The Cambrian (T. J. Griffiths 1882): 234.
- Journal of the Life, Travels and Gospel Labors of Thomas Arnett (Publishing Association of Friends 1884): 325.
- Christmas Evans, J. Davis, Memoir and Sermons of the Rev. Christmas Evans (J. Davis 1840) : 96.
- "The Late Rev. Daniel Davies D. D." The Cambrian (25 February 1876): 8.
- "Testimonial to the Rev. Daniel Davies of Swansea" Baptist Reporter and Missionary Intelligencer 30(1856): 56.
- John Innes, Old Llanelly (1902): 170.