Benjamin Francis and Adoption


Francis was orphaned as a child (his mother died in 1739 and his father in 1740), raised in Swansea and educated in Bristol. He became a Baptist minister in England and wrote a number of poems and hymns, many of which are still sung in Welsh and English.


Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940. (London: Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1959) Oxford Companion to the Literature of Wales, edited by Meic Stephens. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986)