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HUGHES , JOHN ( Glanystwyth ; 1842 - 1902 ), Wesleyan minister ;

b. 15 April 1842 at Cwmagwr Isaf , near Cnwch Coch, Cards. After a little elementary education at Llanfihangel y Creuddyn school he became a farm labourer ( 1854 ), a lead worker , a farm labourer once again, and then a quarryman at Blaenau Ffestiniog ( 1863 ), where he began to preach . In 1865 he went to the ‘Jasper House’ academy at Aberystwyth and two years later was received into the ministry. He laboured at Treherbert ( 1867 ), Mountain Ash ( 1868 ), Cardiff ( 1869 ), Tre'r Ddôl ( Aberystwyth circuit ) ( 1872 ), Trefeglwys ( Llanidloes circuit ) ( 1873 ), Machynlleth ( 1876 ), Coedpoeth ( 1878 ), Caernarvon ( 1881 ), Llanrhaedr Mochnant ( 1884 ), London ( 1886 ), Rhyl ( 1889 ), Manchester ( 1891 ), and Liverpool ( Mount Zion ) ( 1894 ). He was superintendent of the (Welsh) Wesleyan Bookroom in 1897 . He d. 24 Feb. 1902 .

He m. Emily , daughter of the Rev. Henry Wilcox ; Henry Maldwyn Hughes (q.v.) was their son. He edited Y Winllan , 1874-7 ; Y Gwyliedydd , 1890-2 ; and Yr Eurgrawn , 1897-1902 . He also edited the new hymn book , 1900 . He was the author of Arwrgerdd John Penri , Oesau Boreu y Byd , Bywyd Crist , Delw y Nefol (sermons), Esponiad ar y Colosiaid , and Cofiant Isaac Jones . He was the initiator of the movement to establish a denominational newspaper , Y Gwyliedydd , 1877 , and of the movements to get a Welsh Wesleyan Assembly , 1899 , and to subdivide the North Wales Province , 1902 . His was the second best pryddest at the national eisteddfod held at Aberystwyth while he was still studying at ‘ Jasper House ,’ the second best at the London national eisteddfod , 1887 (the best, according to David Watkin Jones , Dafydd Morgannwg q.v.) , and the second best at the Llanelly national eisteddfod , 1895 . He adjudicated on the pryddest at the Liverpool eisteddfod , 1900 . He was chairman of the general committee of the London eisteddfod , 1887 . Several of his hymns are well known. In 1901 he was elected president of the Assembly , but d. before he could take office.

Sources:

  • D. G. Jones and H. Maldwyn Hughes , Cofiant Glanystwyth sef, Bywyd y diweddar Barch. John Hughes, D.D , Bangor, 1904 , 1904 ;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , memorial issue, May 1902 .

Author:

Rev. Edward Tegla Davies, D.Litt., (1880-1967), Bangor

Published date: 1959