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HUGHES , GRIFFITH ( 1775 - 1839 ), Congregational minister ;

b. at Pen-y-waun , Cwmifor , parish of Llandeilo, Carms. He was apprenticed as a cooper with Evan Rhydderch , Llansadwrn , father of Nani Jones , Crug-y-bar , a well-known religious character in that neighbourhood. His master and mother were members at Crug-y-bar where also he was received into church membership. He soon became very prominent because of his gift of prayer which was displayed in week-night meetings held in private houses. On the advice of Isaac Price (q.v.) , Llanwrtyd , who had the oversight of the cause at Crug-y-bar , he began to preach ; his reputation as a preacher spread rapidly. He received a call to Groes-wen , near Caerphilly , was ordained 22 Feb. 1797 , and spent the whole of his ministerial life there; he d. 20 July 1839 . He possessed all the attributes of the gifted preacher — a cheerful temper, a clear voice, ease of speech, fire, thunder, and a popular style. In his time Groes-wen became the mother-church of many new causes and a spiritual centre. He travelled much to succour young churches in a district extending from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff and from Bedwas to Efail Isaf .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 377, 382-8; J.T.J., i, 537-40;
  • Y Tadau Anibynnol (1898–1900) , vi.


Reverend John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959