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HUGHES , WILLIAM ( 1838 - 1921 ), printer and publisher ;

b. 27 Jan. 1838 at Mold, Flints. He served his apprenticeship in the printing works of Thomas Gee , Denbigh , and moved to Dolgelley in 1864 to be in charge of the office of Y Dysgedydd , whose proprietress he afterwards m. His printing establishment came to be one of the best-known in Wales as is proved by a catalogue of important works produced by it. Welsh music, particularly congregational music, is greatly in the debt of William Hughes . It was he who ventured to publish, after it had been rejected by other publishers, the work of John Ambrose Lloyd (q.v.) , viz. Aberth Moliant , Gweddi Habacu c, and almost all his anthems; he also published ‘ Ystorm Tiberias ,’ the oratorio by Edward Stephen ( Tanymarian ) (q.v.) , besides several anthems by the same composer .

He started a weekly newspaper , Y Dydd , in 1868 , with Samuel Roberts (‘ S.R. ’) (q.v.) as its editor , and Richard Davies ( Mynyddog ) (q.v.) assisting him. He issued Y Dysgedydd for fifty-six years; he also published Dysgedydd y Plant , and Cronicl Bach J.R. for a period. He took an interest in public and religious affairs; he was an ardent Liberal , an alderman of the Merioneth county council , a justice of the peace , and was a deacon for fifty-five years. He d. 23 Feb. 1921 , and was buried at Brithdir , near Dolgelley .

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge.

Author:

Alfred Ernest Hughes, C.B.E., J.P., (1878-1956), Dolgellau

Published date: 1959