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JOHN , HENRY , or HARRI SION ( 1664 - 1754 ), hymnist ;

b. at Blaenau Gwent, Mon. , he was one of the early members of the Baptist church there. He removed later to Pontypool . [His Rhai Hymnau … Duwiol was published by Farley in 1747 .] A collection of his hymns, Amryw Hymnau Dymuniadol a Phrofiadol … , to which were added some by other writers, was published in [ 1773 ] by S. Farley of Bristol who had from 1740 to 1742 printed at Pontypool a number of Welsh works, at the instigation of Miles Harry (q.v.) . A second edition appeared at Carmarthen in 1773 and a fifth in 1817 , but the hymns are more remarkable for their piety than for their poetry. His ‘ Can am Briodas ’ was printed in William Secker 's Y Fodrwy Briodas ( Trevecca , 1791 ). Benjamin Francis (q.v.) wrote an elegy to his memory, and Joshua Thomas in his Hanes y Bedyddwyr ( 1778 ), 249, gives high praise to Harri Siôn for the depth and sincerity of his religious convictions. He d. 20 Sept. 1754 , aged 91, according to his tombstone.


  • J. Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 (1925) ;
  • [information from the Rev. Gomer M. Roberts ].


Arthur Gray-Jones, M.A., Abergavenny / Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959