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HUWS , WILLIAM PARI ( 1853 - 1936 ), Independent minister ;

b. 27 Sept. 1853 at Penrhyndeudraeth , son of Gwilym Prysor , a cultured poet and writer . The family moved to Dolwyddelan where he and his brothers, the Rev. G. Parry Hughes ( Calvinistic Methodist ) of Morfa Nefyn and the Rev. Rowland Hughes of Cardiff , were brought up. After leaving elementary school he worked for a time in the Blaenau Ffestiniog quarries , after which he went to Llanrwst grammar school and later to the Bala Independent College , 1874 . In 1877 he was admitted to Yale University , U.S.A. , where, in 1880 , he graduated B.D. On his return to Wales he received a call to Beulah and Bryn-mair churches, Cards. , where he was ordained in 1882 . He soon came into the public eye as a zealous temperance reformer and, with his neighbour David Adams of Hawen (q.v.) , initiated a movement which set the whole county in a ferment. In 1887 he moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog to take charge of Bryn Bowydd and Rhiwbryfdir chapels, and in 1895 to Dolgelley as minister of Tabernacle and Islaw'r Dref . He retired in 1926 and d. at Old Colwyn 10 Feb. 1936 . He was buried in Brithdir chapel burial ground, near Dolgelley .

He was one of the stalwarts of the Independent ministry of his time, a distinguished writer and poet who had won a number of eisteddfodic chairs and a reputation as a hymn-writer . He was joint editor of his denomination's Blwyddiadur for twenty-one years and of the Dysgedydd , 1915-18 . He edited a small book, Gemau Gwalia , containing selected extracts from the works of the great Welsh poets , and collaborated in Cofiant y Parch David Adams . In 1930 he published a volume of his own work, Mam yr Iesu, a Darnau Eraill . He was secretary of the Union of Welsh Independents 1897-9 , and chairman 1923-4 ; he was also for three years a member of the Merioneth county council .


  • University College of North Wales, Bangor Manuscripts 4787-50;
  • manuscript by Dr. G. P. Huws ;
  • Y Dysgedydd , 1936 , 136-9.


Reverend Richard Griffith Owen, M.A., (1890-1973), Bangor

Published date: 1959