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HUGHES , JOHN ( 1827 - 1893 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 27 Sept. 1827 in the Calvinistic Methodist chapel-house at Llannerch-y-medd , Anglesey , son of John and Ellen Hughes . At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to a boot-maker and, in due course, became a master boot-maker . He was taught Greek by William Roberts ( 1784 - 1864 ) (q.v.) of Amlwch . His application to enter the ministry was considered at the Cemaes monthly meeting , 20 Dec. 1847 , and he was accepted at the monthly meeting held at Garreg-lefn , 17 Jan. 1848 . In Aug. 1848 he went to Bala C.M. College , where he was an industrious student and a good preacher who quickly made his mark. After leaving Bala he opened a school at Llannerch-y-medd , and, 5 Nov. 1852 , m. Ellen Dew .

Before the end of 1852 he moved to Menai Bridge , without, however, receiving a regular call as pastor. He remained there for five years at a salary of £20 a year. In addition he had his Sunday emoluments which, on an average, amounted to nine shillings and sixpence a week. In Nov. 1857 he received a call from the Liverpool churches but, after three years, confined his activities to Rose Place , afterwards Fitzclarence Street . In 1874 he visited the U.S.A. , sailing on the 18th April and returning the 25th July.

His denomination showered honours upon him; he was moderator of the North Wales Association , 1871 , and of the General Assembly , 1880 . He was a temporary tutor at Bala College , 1886-7 . In 1888 he received a call to Engedi , Caernarvon , where he remained nearly five years. On 22 Oct. 1893 he preached three sermons at Amlwch ; and on the following day he d. at his home at Caernarvon .

He was an indefatigable writer and contributed more than almost any one else to the periodicals published by his denomination. He wrote the greater part of Testament yr Ysgol Sabothol . He translated Butler 's Analogy into Welsh , 1859 , prefacing it with a lengthy introduction of his own. Apart from editing a number of books, he himself wrote three: Unoliaeth y Beibl , 1866 ; Y Weinidogaeth , 1879 ; Hanes yr Athrawiaeth Gristionogol , 1883 . His outstanding characteristic was the unruffled serenity of a thinker.


  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • personal recollections.


Reverend Dr John Owen, M.A., D.D. (1864-1953), Morfa Nefyn

Published date: 1959