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HUGHES , HUGH ( 1778 - 1855 ), Wesleyan minister ;

b. at Llannor, Caerns. , 1778 . He worked as a gardener at Abererch and Liverpool where, through his brother Robert who was a lay preacher , he came into contact with the Wesleyans , joining their society in 1805 , the year in which his brother Griffith entered the Wesleyan ministry. In 1807 , he himself became a minister and worked the following circuits: Dolgelley ( 1807 ), Aberystwyth ( 1808 ), Llanfyllin ( 1809 ), Denbigh ( 1811 ), Brecon ( 1812 ), Llandilo ( 1814 ), Carmarthen ( 1815 ), Cardiff ( 1817 ), Machynlleth ( 1819 ), Caernarvon ( 1821 ), Denbigh and Llanrwst ( 1824 ), Llanidloes ( 1826 ), Carmarthen ( 1828 ), Brecon ( 1831 ), Swansea ( 1834 ), Merthyr Tydfil ( 1837 ), and Carmarthen ( 1840 ). He was chairman of the Welsh province of South Wales ( 1828-43 ) and was the first Welsh minister to be elected to his denomination's ‘ Legal Hundred ’ ( 1834 ). He retired in 1843 and made his home at Carmarthen where he d. 17 Dec. 1855 .

He founded many new chapels , and was a very successful minister . He was a frequent contributor to the Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , which he edited for a time ( 1819-21 ). He and the Rev. John Williams ‘ the second ’ were the authors of Y Goleuad Dwyreiniol , 1827 , and the translators of John Wesley 's ‘ Notes on the New Testament ,’ 1831 . He wrote his autobiography which, after his death, was published under the editorship of his son-in-law, Isaac Jenkins (q.v.) . JOHN HUGHES , physician , coroner and J.P. for Carmarthen , father of Hugh Price Hughes (q.v.) , was his son; his daughter m. Isaac Jenkins (q.v.) ; his two other children d., one in infancy and one, Hugh , at the age of twenty-seven.

Sources:

  • Bywyd a gweinidogaeth y Parch. Hugh Hughes, Gweinidog Wesleyaidd, wedi ysgrifenu ganddo ei hun , Carmarthen, 1856 (ed. by Isaac Jenkins );
  • J. Jones , Y Bywgraffydd Wesleyaidd yn cynwys bras-hanes am un a thriugain o weinidogion Wesleyaidd Cymreig yn nghyda 35 o weinidogion a gwyr lleyg Saesonig , Machynlleth, 1866 , 119-21;
  • Hanes Wesleyaeth Gymreig , 1911–3 , ii, 745-50.

Author:

Reverend Griffith Thomas Roberts, M.A., (1887-1977), Tregarth, Bangor / Talsarnau

Published date: 1959