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JONES , JOHN BOWEN ( 1829 - 1905 ), Congregational minister and writer ;

b. 10 Feb. 1829 in Blaenborthyn , Llanwenog, Cards. He was educated in the local schools at Capel Dewi and Waunifor and at Llandysul grammar school . He had a brilliant career ( 1846-51 ) at the Carmarthen Presbyterian College , 1846-51 — he was one of the first in Wales to take the B.A. degree of the University of London ( 1850 ). He began to preach in 1847 at Bryn-teg , where he was a member, was ordained in Aug. 1851 , and held pastorates as follows: Hermon ( Llansadwrn ) and Tabor ( Llanwrda ), 1851-9 , Bridgend , 1859-74 , Coity (near Bridgend ), 1863-74 , and the ‘ Plough ’ ( Brecon ), 1874-1903 . He kept a ministerial preparatory school at Bridgend and at Brecon . He was chairman of the Welsh Congregational Union , 1894 . He was one of the founders of Y Beirniad ( 1850-79 ), and edited Y Cennad Hedd ( 1866-1903 ) and Y Beirniad ( 1875-9 ). He published Y Blodeuglwm , 1876 , and edited Casgliad o Hen Emynau ( 1877 and 1883 ). He contributed much to Welsh periodical journals , was a powerful and original preacher , of a philosophical cast of mind, and was an excellent scholar . He d. 10 Dec. 1905 . His son, Ivor Bowen , is separately noticed.

Sources:

  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , ii, 200, 213, iii, 561, 574, v, 162, 395;
  • Hen emynau. Wedi eu casglu gan J. Bowen Jones , 1877; 2nd edition, Brecon, 1883 , 1-78;
  • NLW MS 10327.

Author:

Rev. John Dyfnallt Owen, M.A., (1873-1956), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959