Born: March 16, 1848, Llan­a­fon, in a small white-washed farm­house on the bor­ders of Pem­broke­shire and Car­mar­then­shire, Wales.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 28, 1929, Car­diff, Wales.

Buried: Car­diff, Wales.



From Pon­ty­pool Bap­tist Col­lege, Ed­wards went to Re­gent’s Park, gra­du­at­ed from Lon­don Un­i­ver­si­ty, and was a tu­tor at Ha­ver­ford­west Bap­tist Col­lege (1872–80).

He then re­turned to Pon­ty­pool as prin­ci­pal and tu­tor in New Tes­ta­ment Greek.

In 1882, he was one of the chief pro­mot­ers of Un­i­ver­si­ty Col­lege, Car­diff (of whose coun­cil he was a mem­ber the rest of his life). He was one of the most ac­tive sup­port­ers of the move of his own col­lege from Pon­ty­pool to Car­diff in 1883.

In his de­no­mi­na­tion, he was an en­er­ge­tic ad­min­is­trat­or. He was chair­man of the Welsh Bap­tist Union in 1906, and of the Bap­tist Un­ion of Great Bri­tain and Ire­land in 1911.

In po­li­tics, he was a li­ber­al and li­ber­a­tion­al­ist, and a not­a­ble or­a­tor. The Un­i­ver­si­ty of Wales award­ed him an ho­nor­a­ry LLD de­gree in 1925.


Edwards pub­lished ma­ny small books, and a trans­la­tion of the New Test­a­ment from Greek to Welsh, Cyfieithiad Newydd a’r Teatament Newydd (four vol­umes, 1894, 1898, 1913 & 1915).