Over the weekend of January 23-25, 2015 Denbigh celebrated. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Gee who was born in Denbigh.
Thomas Gee was a printer and publisher. He inherited his printing works from his father.
Well respected throughout Wales as a Liberal, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist. Passionate about the Welsh language.
An ordained preacher who never took on a ministry but preached on a regular basis. He took a particular interest in the Sunday school and the temperance movement. Moreover, he also championed the cause of the small Welsh farmers during the Tithe Wars.
Thomas Gee Artefacts in Museum
The celebrations began with a talk by Gwynn Mathews on Friday evening. As expected, the attendance was good.
Then the new Denbigh museum hosted an exhibition on Saturday. Artefacts donated by Thomas Gee’s family.
One such item was the wedding dress of Thomas Gee’s wife, Susannah. It appears below and is 173 years old.
In addition, former Member of Parliament member, Ieuan Wyn Jones addressed the assembled audience. He is also the author of Thomas Gee’s biography, Y Llinyn Arian.
Several of Thomas Gee’s descendants attended the museum.
Thomas Gee Capel Mawr Service
On Sunday morning a service took place in Capel Mawr. The Denbigh Choral Society and Denbigh Male Voice Choir took part.
The choir sang “When the Roll is Called up Yonder.” Also appropriate was the Methodist revivalist hymn “Yn y Man.”
In conclusion, Isoline, Thomas Gee’s great granddaughter wrote:
“It was an unforgettable experience for me and those of our family. The wonderful uplifting service in Capel Mawr.
I would be grateful if you would pass on my heartfelt thanks to Denbigh Male Voice Choir for their wonderful contribution that morning.”