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HUGHES , THOMAS JOHN ( Adfyfr ; 1853 - 1927 ), journalist ;

b. at Bridgend in 1853 , son of the Rev. Thomas Hughes of Miskin village, Glam. He became a journalist and represented a number of English daily newspapers in Wales . Some of his articles on the Welsh magistracy and landlordism in Wales were re-published by the Welsh National Liberal Federation . At one time he was private secretary to Alfred Thomas , 1st baron Pontypridd (q.v.) , and he was the first editor of the monthly magazine Cymru Fydd . His work as a shorthand writer brought him into touch with many activities in South Wales , and after the passing of the Bankruptcy Act , 1894 , he was official shorthand writer to the bankruptcy court at Pontypridd . For some years he was a sub-editor of the South Wales News , and local representative for that paper. By his wife, who survived him, he had six sons and six daughters. He d. at Pontypridd , 24 Oct. 1927 , and was buried in Glyntâf cemetery.


  • The Pontypridd Observer , 29 Oct. 1927 ;
  • South Wales Daily News , 25 Oct. 1927 ;
  • personal enquiries.


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959