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JAMES , JOHN ( 1815 - 1869 ), poet and hymnwriter ;

b. at Colwinston, Glam. When only a child of 3 he was blinded for life. Though deprived of the advantages of early education, he became the author of numerous hymns and poems . Many of his compositions were published — Seren Bethlehem ( Bridgend , 1849 ; 2nd ed. Aberdare , 1865 ); Casgliad o Emynau Gwreiddiol ( Aberdare , n.d.; the translation was by Isaac Jenkins ); Twyni Tregolwyn ( Aberdare , 1864 ). He was a member of the Wesleyan church at Colwinston . He d. in March 1869 , and was buried on the 19th of the same month at Colwinston .


  • Foreword to Seren Bethlehem sef hymnau gwreiddiol, ar wahanol destynau crefyddol (Bridgend, 1859) (Bridgend, 1859 );
  • Twyni Tregolwyn ynghyda chaniadau moesol a difyrus, ar wahanol destynau (Aberdar, 1864) (Aberdare, 1864 ).


Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959