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HUGHES , WILLIAM (d. 1794? ), clock-maker in London .

A native of Llanfflewin , Anglesey , he proceeded to London before 1755 and had a business at 119, High Holborn . He was elected a honorary Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in 1781 . A musical watch which he made for the Emperor of China was discovered during the sacking of Pekin in 1860 . He was in business until 1794 at the Dial near King Street , High Holborn , and also at Lower Grosvenor Street .

Sources:

  • Iorwerth C. Peate , Watch and Clock Makers in Wales , Cardiff, 1945 , 1945 .

Author:

Rev. Thomas Mardy Rees, (1871-1953), Neath



Hughes was a member of the Cymmrodorion Society from the very start, and a vice-president in 1759 . He was a friend of Robert Hughes ( 1744 - 1785 ) (q.v.) . See Cymm. , 1951 , 65 (and appendices) and B.B.C.S. , vi, 234.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959