David Benjamin Rees

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David Benjamin Rees (born Llanddewi Brefi), widely known as "Dr D. Ben Rees", is a Welsh and English-language publisher, author, lecturer and minister in the Presbyterian Church of Wales since 1962 and leader of the Welsh community in Liverpool.[1] He leads one of Liverpool's five remaining Welsh chapels.[2] His small publishing house, Modern Welsh Publications Ltd, was established in 1963 and from 1963 to 1968 it operated from Abercynon in the Cynon Valley of South Wales. Since 1968 it has operated from Allerton, Liverpool[3] and is the only Welsh language publishing house still operating in the city of Liverpool.

London, September 2016

Literary work[edit]

In a forty-year span as a writer Rees has worked largely in four areas:

Peace and pacifism[edit]

The biography Mahatma Gandhi: Pensaer yr India (Mahatma Gandhi: The Architect of India) was published in 1970. In a review in the monthly magazine Barn the Reverend Alwyn Roberts praised the title for bringing the contribution of Gandhi to a new generation of readers. This volume was the inspiration for a series of three books on Welsh pacifists. Each volume included a portrayal of the peace initiatives of well-known peace workers by academics and authors under the titles Herio'r Byd (1980), Dal i Herio'r Byd (1983) and Dal Ati i Herio'r Byd (1988), all edited by D. Ben Rees.[4]


Arolwg 1965 (Editor) (1965) Llyfr Gwasanaeth (Ieuenctid) (Editor) (1967) Gwaith yr Eglwys (1967) Mahatma Gandi : Pensaer yr India (1969) Arolwg 1970 (Editor) (1970) Arolwg (Editor) (1971) Pymtheg o Wyr Llen yr Ugeinfed Ganrif (1972) Dyrnaid o Awduron Cyfoes (Editor) (1974) Enwogion Pedair Canrif (1400-1800) (1975) Gweddiau'r Cristion (1976) Cymry Adnabyddus 1951-1972 (1978) Gweddiau'r Cristion (1978) Pregethwr y Bobl: Bywyd a Gwaith Dr Owen Thomas (1979) Wales and its Culture (1980) Herio'r Byd (Editor) (1980) Cerddi eisteddfodol y diweddar Gwilym Jones (Editor) (1981) Preparation for Crisis (1981) Cyfaredd Capel Bethesda, Cemaes, Mon (1878-1981) (Editor) (1981) Haneswyr yr Hen Gorff (1981) Dal I Herio'r Byd (Editor) (1983) Gweddiau'r Cristion (1983) Oriel o Heddychwyr Mawr y Byd (1983) Pwy yw Pwy yng Nghymru - Who's Who in Wales, Volume 3 (1983) The Liverpool Welsh and their Religion: two centuries of Welsh Calvinistic Methodism/Cymry Lerpwl a'u crefydd: dwy ganrif o Fethodistiaeth Galfinaidd Gymreig - R. Merfyn Jones and D. Ben Rees (Edited by D. Ben Rees) (1984) Hanes Plwyf Llanddewi Brefi (1984) Gwasanaethau'r Cristion (1987) Deuddeg Diwygiwr Protestannaidd (Editor) (1988) Dal Ati I Herio'r Byd (Editor) (1989) May we wish you a goodnight in Hospital / Gordon A. Catherall and D. Ben Rees (1990) A Liverpool Welsh Preacher: Dr. Owen Thomas (1990) Prayers for Peace (1992) Dathlu Grawnsypiau Canaan a detholiad (1995) Graces for all occasions (1995) Cymry Lerpwl a'r Cyffiniau Cyfrol 1 (1997) The Welsh of Merseyside, Volume 1 (1997) Local and Parliamentary Politics of Liverpool from 1800 to 1911 (1999) The Hague Declaration on Peace and Justice in the Twenty First Century, Bilingual (Editor) (2000) Cymry Lerpwl a'r Cyffiniau yn yr Ugeinfed Ganrif, Cyfrol 2 (2001) The Welsh of Merseyside in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2 (2001) Vehicles of Grace and Hope (2002) Ffydd a Gwreiddiau John Saunders Lewis (Editor) (2002) The Polymath: Reverend William Rees ('Gwilym Hiraethog' 1802-1883 of Liverpool) (2002) Gweddiau am Gymru a'r Byd / Prayers for Wales and the World (2002) Y Polymathiad o Gymro, Parchedig William Rees, Lerpwl (Gwilym Hiraethog 1802-1883) (2002) Cwmni Deg Dawnus (2003) The Call and Contribution of Dr Robert Arthur Hughes OBE, FRCA (1910-1996) and some of his predecessors in north East India Vol 1 (Editor) (2004) Mr Evan Roberts Y Diwygiwr yn Sir Fon 1905 / Mr Evan Roberts, The revivalist in Anglesey (2005) Alffa ac Omega: tystiolaeth y Presbyteriaid Cymraeg yn Laird Street, Penbedw (1906-2006), a bilingual volume (2006) The Life and work of Henry Richard (2007) Alun Owen: A Liverpool Welsh playwright (Editor) (2008) Codi Stem a Hwyl yn Lerpwl (2008) Labour of Love in Liverpool (2008) Arloeswyr Methodistiaeth Galfinaidd yn Mon (2006) The Pioneers of Methodism in Anglesey (2006) John Elias a'i Gyd Fethodistiaid Calfinaidd (1791-1841) (2007) John Elias and the Calvinistic Methodists (1791-1841) (2007) Oes Aur Crefydd ym Mon 1841-1885 / A golden Age of Religion in Anglesey 1841-1885 (2008) Dr John Williams, Brynsiencyn a'i Ddoniau (1853-1921) / Dr John Williams, Brynsiencyn and his Talents (1853-1921) (2009) John Calvin a'i Ddisgyblion Calfinaidd Cymraeg / John Calvin and his Welsh Disciples (2009) The sage of a revival: early Welsh Pentecostal Methodism (2010) Y Gwron o Genefa (2012) A portrait of Battling Bessie (2011) Cysegr Sancteiddiolaf Capel Westminster Road, Ellesmere Port (1907-2007) / The Welsh missionary witness in Ellesmere Port (1907-2007) (2012) Di-Ben-Draw: Hunangofiant (2015) Dilyn Ffordd Tangnefedd: Canmlwyddiant Cymdeithas y Cymod 1914-2014) (Editor) (2015) Cofiant James Griffiths: Arwr Glew y Werin (2015) Y Cenhadwr Cyntaf o Blith Cymry Lerpwl: Josiah Hughes (1804-1840) / Josiah Hughes (1804-1840): The Reluctant Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Missionary of Malacca (2016) The Healer of Shillong: Reverend Dr Hugh Gordon Roberts and the Welsh Mission Hospital (2016) Cofiant Cledwyn Hughes: Un o Wyr mawr Mon a Chymru (2017) Canmlwyddiant y Gadair Ddu, Gwyl Hedd Wyn / Black Chair Centenary (2017) An Unlimited Life: An Autobiography (2018)

Welsh culture[edit]

The author has written a number of books in English and Welsh on writers.

1) Wales: Culture Heritage (1982) is a popular introduction to the Welsh press and the eisteddfodic tradition, and seeks to define the contents of Welsh culture.

2) Samuel Roberts (1987), a biography of the prolific Victorian author Samuel Roberts of Llanbrynmair. The book was published in English by the University of Wales Press as part of the Writers of Wales series, under the editorship of Dr Meic Stephens and Dr R. Brinley Jones.

3) 12 further volumes between 1975 and 2006, addressing Welsh Nonconformity, Victorian Studies and the history of the Liverpool Welsh community. -- History of the Liverpool Welsh Community Rees is acknowledged as the leading authority on the Liverpool Welsh History since 1984 when he and Professor R.Merfyn Jones co-authored The Liverpool Welsh and their Religion.His latest book was based on Ellesmere Port Welsh community ( 2012).


Rees has become an acknowledged scholar on John Calvin (1509-1564) and of Calvinism since the publication of four books, three in the Welsh Language,on John Calvin and his Welsh Disciples in the period 2008 and 2012. He delivered the prestigious Davies Lecture on John Calvin and the Connexion at the General Assembly of his denomination in Lampeter in 2008. This has been subsequently published as Y Gwron o Genefa: John Calfin a'i ddylanwad (Caernarfon,2012).


  1. ^ Elson, Peter (9 June 2008). "A corner of England that is forever Wales". Liverpool Daily Post.
  2. ^ Shipman, Martin (14 August 2008). "'Capital of North Wales' stunned by move south call". Western Mail.
  3. ^ "D Ben Rees: Ymddeol wedi deugain mlynedd yn Lerpwl" (in Welsh). BBC.
  4. ^ http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5826