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HUGHES , JOHN or HUGH OWEN ( 1615 - 1686 ), Jesuit ;

b. June 1615 , youngest son of Hugh Owen ( 1575? - 1642 ) of Gwaenynog (q.v.) . In his younger days he appears to have spent some time with his father in Raglan castle but on 25 Dec. 1636 he became a student at the English College in Rome . He was ordained priest , 16 March 1640-1 , and returned to England , 28 Sept. 1643 . In 1648 he joined the Society of Jesus at Watten , near S. Omer and in 1650 came back to England as a missionary . He spent the rest of his life in Wales or in the Marches ; in 1650 his name is found among those of other Jesuit priests who attended the College of S. Francis Xavier at Llanrhyddol, Herefords. , but he subsequently moved to the Holywell district, Flints. , where he d. 28 Dec. 1686 . In 1670 he published at Liége Allwydd neu Agoriad Paradwys i'r Cymry , a translation in admirable Welsh of portions of the Gospels, together with catechisms on some of the distinctive teachings of the Roman Catholic church , prayers, etc. He also edited and was responsible for the printing of his father Hugh Owen 's translation of Thomas à Kempis 's De Imitatione Christi , under the title Dilyniad Crist , 1684 .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the authorities named therein;
  • T. Llechid Jones , Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , iii, 5, 213, 215, 219;
  • J. Fisher (ed.), Allwydd neu agoriad paradwys i'r Cymru hynny yw gweddiau, devotionau, cynghorion, ac athrawiaethau tra duwiol ac angentheidiol i bôb Christion yn mynnu agoryd y Porth a myned i mewn i'r Nef. Wedi eu cynnull o amryw lyfrau duwiol, a'i cyfeithu [sic] yn Gymraeg neu wedi eu cyfansoddi (1670) ( 1930 ).


Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor

Published date: 1959