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EVANS , HUGH ( 1854 - 1934 ), author and publisher ;

b. at Ty'n Rhos , Cwm Main , Llangwm, Denbs. , 14 Sept. 1854 , son of Hugh Evans and Jane ( Barnard ) . After a brief period at Cerrig-y-drudion school under John Williams (who at one time kept a bookshop in the Strand , London ), he started work in 1871 as a wagoner on various farms. He went to Liverpool in 1875 and worked for a year as a labourer in the building of Stanley Road Calvinistic Methodist chapel , Bootle ; he subsequently worked for seven years in the clog-sole works of R. J. Jones , Vauxhall Works , Liverpool . He started a stationer's shop in Stanley Road , Liverpool , in 1889 , established a printing press in 1897 , and began printing periodicals , including the quarterly Y Beirniad ( 1911-18 ); between 1897 and 1934 he published over 300 Welsh books. With his two sons and Arthur Foulkes ( Evans Sons and Foulkes ) he founded a Welsh newspaperY Brython — in Feb. 1906 ; from Nov. 1909 the newspaper was owned and published by Hugh Evans and Sons . He wrote many articles for Y Brython and other Welsh newspapers and periodicals on the history and folk-lore of Edeirnion and on the history and bibliography of Liverpool Welsh printed books. He was the author of several works, including Camau'r Gysegr , 1926 , a history of Stanley Road , Bootle , Welsh C.M. chapel; Hogyn y Bwthyn Bach To Gwellt , 1930 , a story for children; Cwm Eithin , first published in 1931 (it had reached its 5th ed. by 1949 ), the story of social conditions which prevailed in a typical Welsh district 150 years ago — it was translated into English by E. Morgan Humphreys , and published under the title of The Gorse Glen , 1948 ; Y Tylwyth Teg , published posthumously in 1935 ; and several illustrated books on religious subjects for children. He m. Jane , daughter of David and Sarah Williams , Pant-y-clai , Cynwyd, Mer. He d. at Pen-y-bryn , Cynwyd , Corwen , 30 June 1934 , and was buried at Longmoor Lane , Kirkdale , Liverpool .

Sources:

  • Cwm Eithin , Liverpool, 1931 , 1931 ;
  • Y Brython ;
  • records of Hugh Evans and Sons,
  • and personal knowledge.

Author:

William Williams, F.L.A. (1885-1950), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959