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HUGHES , JOHN HENRY ( Ieuan o Leyn ; 1814 - 1893 ), Congregational minister and poet ;

b. at Tyn-y-pwll , Llaniestyn, Caerns. , 11 Oct. 1814 . Having been educated at Botwnnog school , he was for a time assistant to Arthur Jones ( 1776 - 1860 ) (q.v.) , who kept a school at Bangor . He then went to the denominational college at Brecon , and was ordained at Llangollen in 1843 . In 1847 he became minister of the Congregational church at Demerara , British Guiana , but had to return owing to his wife's ill-health. He became minister successively at West Hartlepool , Horsley-upon-Tyne , Newent , and Cefn-mawr, Denbs. He d. 7 March 1893 at Wrexham . His poems in the free metres brought him into some prominence, and he became well known as the author of ‘ Beth sy'n hardd? ’ A volume of his English sermons, under the title The Hand that Saves, and other Sermons , was published in 1895 .

Sources:

  • Y Geninen , xii (Gŵyl Dewi), 5;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , vii, 152;
  • Y Llenor , 1895–8 , i, 51.

Author:

Sir Thomas Parry, D.Litt., (1904-85), Bangor / Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959