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HUGHES , HUGH (BRYTHON) ( 1848 - 1913 ), school-teacher and author ;

b. 8 April 1848 at Tre-garth , near Bangor , only son of Hugh Derfel Hughes (q.v.) . After completing his training at the Bangor Normal College he held scholastic appointments at Walsall , Aber-carn , Gwalchmai , Parc ( Bala ), Leicester and Llanelian . He was a frequent contributor to Welsh literary periodicals and newspapers , and the author of several Welsh school books and readers . Tlysau Ynys Prydain , 1902 , Ystorïwr y Plant , 1908 , Tair cwpan aur , 1909 , Melin law y tylwyth teg , Rhamant plât y pren helyg , 1916 . Around 1909 , the E.P.C. , Cardiff , published Cyfres Brython , a collection of popular histories and interesting tales. He translated a number of the folk tales of Europe but these were never published; his translations of Aesop's Fables and The King of the Golden River ( Ruskin ), 1908 , were published. He was a competent musician , the composer of several musical pieces , and frequently in demand as lecturer, adjudicator and teacher of music . In 1910 he was appointed secretary of the national eisteddfod to be held at Colwyn Bay , but after a few months he resigned. He moved to Aberystwyth in 1911 ; there he was employed at the National Library of Wales as copyist for various authors . In 1912 he was appointed to the staff of Cwmpadarn council school but failing health forced him to relinquish the post after a year's service. He d. 24 July 1913 , and was buried in Aberystwyth cemetery.


  • The Welsh Gazette , 31 July 1913 .


Idwal Lewis, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959