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HUGHES , JOHN JAMES ( Alfardd ; 1842 - 1875 ), journalist

Born at Garreg-lefn , Llanbadrig , Anglesey , 1842 , he began life as a farm labourer . He went to Bangor , where he found work as a stone mason's labourer and came into contact with Gweirydd ap Rhys ( R. J. Pryse ), who took an interest in him and encouraged his efforts to educate himself. In 1866 he joined the Caernarvonshire police force , but resigned about 1869 , on his appointment as sub-editor of Yr Herald Cymraeg at Caernarvon , where he soon won a reputation as a trenchant writer on the Liberal side. He took a prominent part in the campaign for the appointment of county court judges with a knowledge of Welsh , and worked for the reform of the national eisteddfod and the ‘Gorsedd.’ He died 8 Jan. 1875 , and was buried in Glanadda cemetery , Bangor . Short as his career was, he impressed his contemporaries as a man of unusual ability and energy.

There is a biography, by Owen Jones .


  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , Jan. 1875 ;
  • Y Geninen , March 1891 , 58, Oct. 232;
  • information from Mr. C. Elfyn Hughes , Bangor.


Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959