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HUGHES , DAVID ( 1813 - 1872 ), Independent minister, and author ;

b. 21 June 1813 at Cefnuchaf , Llanddeiniolen, Caerns. , son of Hugh and Anne Hughes . He began preaching (in Bethel chapel ) at 19, and went to Hackney Academy and thence to Glasgow — a B.A. of Glasgow (which at that time gave that degree) is attributed to him, but does not appear in the University's Roll of Graduates . He was in 1841 ordained pastor at S. George's and Moelfre, Denbs. , and was there till 1845 ; for a period ending in 1846 he was also pastor at S. Asaph . He took over the church at Great Jackson Street , Manchester , from July 1846 till May 1847 , when he removed to Bangor to keep school , preaching occasionally on Sundays — at this period, he wrote much in the press . He resumed the pastoral care, in Nov. 1855 , at Saron , Tredegar, Mon. , where he d. 3 June 1872 ; there too he was buried. He was obviously of scholarly temperament; he assembled a large library , and many of the articles in Y Gwyddoniadur are by him. He published at Bangor in 1852 Geiriadur Ysgrythyrol a Duwinyddol — a 2nd ed. of this appeared in two volumes, the 1st ( 1876 ) edited by John Peter (q.v.) , and the 2nd ( 1879 ) by Thomas Lewis ( 1837 - 1892 ) (q.v.) . Hughes also published ( 1859 ) Elfennau Daearyddiaeth , and brought out the 2nd ed. (with additions) of the Welsh dictionary by Caerfallwch ( Thomas Edwards , 1779 - 1858 , q.v.) .

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iv, 448-9;
  • Y Geninen , March 1890, 49-54 ;
  • other scattered references.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959