A founder of Welsh Calvinistic methodism. Born at Trefecca, Talgarth, near Brecon, and educated locally, Harris hoped for Anglican ordination, but started teaching (1730). Following a conversion experience, he began studies at Oxford (1735) but soon returned home. Though an Anglican until his death, he began itinerant open‐air preaching (1737) so effectively that by 1739 he had aroused much of Wales. He had close contacts with Selina, countess of Huntingdon, and Whitefield.
Subjects: Christianity — British History.