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HUGHES , HUGH ( Cadfan Gwynedd or ‘ Hughes Cadfan ’; 1824 - 1898 ), one of the Welsh pioneers in Patagonia ;

b. 20 Aug. 1824 in Anglesey , the eldest of twelve children. In 1850 he was a carpenter in Caernarvon , moved to Liverpool in 1857 , and became one of the principal supporters of the colonial venture . In 1861 he delivered a lecture which he published under the title Llawlyfr y Wladfa Cymreig . He went to the colony with the first batch of emigrants in 1865 , became a member of the council , a justice of the peace and, in 1875 , governor of the settlement . He adopted the pseudonym Cadfan Gwynedd and was known in the colony as ‘ Hughes Cadfan .’ He d. 7 March 1898 .


  • R. Bryn Williams , Cymry Patagonia (Aberystwyth, 1942) and Rhyddiaith y Wladfa (Denbigh, 1949) .


Reverend Richard Bryn Williams, M.A., (1902-81), Rhuthyn / Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959