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HUGHES , JANE ( fl. c . 1840-1880 ), hymnist ;

daughter of John Hughes ( 1775 - 1854 ) (q.v.) , Calvinistic Methodist minister , of Pontrobert, Mont. , and Ruth ( Evans ) his wife. The dates of her birth and death are unknown. Her published works, however, show that she was active as a writer from 1846 to 1877 ; one, indeed, is dated 1889 , but that probably was published posthumously. These works consist of hymns and other religious poetry, together with one elegy. Although it is evident that she had much religious fervour, only a few of her hymns can be said to be successful compositions. Most of them are written in too long and heavy a metre to be suitable for congregational singing. Of a total of some fifteen published works, mostly slight 16mos of from twelve to forty-eight pages, perhaps the most important are: Llyfr Hymnau ( Carmarthen , 1846 ), Galargan am y diweddar Barch. Henry Rees, Liverpool ( Carmarthen , 1869 ), Yr Epha lawn o ymborth ysprydol i bererinion Seion ( Caernarvon , 1877 ), Telyn y Cristion ( Caernarvon , 1877 ), Penillion ar enwau a swyddau Iesu Grist ( Carmarthen , n.d.), and Cwyn a chysur y Credadyn ( Cowbridge , 1889 ).


  • NLW MS 9260;
  • her published works.
  • [Further references: Cymru (O.M.E.) , i, 13, 58, xx, 14, 145, 187, xli, 267, xlvi, 124, liii, 23, lvi, 113 (with portrait).]


John James Jones, M.A., (1892-1957), Aberystwyth

Corrections and additions:

HUGHES , JANE ( DWB , 380).

According to the copy of John Hughes 's register of baptisms of Capel Uchaf Pontrobert (in the D. Teifigar Davies collection of MSS in N.L.W. ) it appears that she was the third child (and third daughter) of John and Ruth Hughes , and that she was b. 25 June and baptised 2 July 1811 by Evan Griffiths , Meifod , who had been recently ordained in June 1811 at Bala .


Dr E. Wyn James, Cardiff

Published date: 1959