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JONES , WILLIAM COLLISTER ( 1772 - ? ), printer at Chester ;

christened 12 July 1772 , son of William and Sarah Jones , Chester . W. C. Jones and Thomas Crane were printing Welsh books in partnership from about 1796 ; in 1797 they began to print George Lewis , Drych Ysgrythyrol . In 1798 they arranged to print Welsh religious works for Thomas Charles , Bala , and Thomas Jones , Denbigh ; in that year, however, the name of Crane disappears from the imprints. W. C. Jones 's name appears in T. Charles , Hanes Fer o For-Daith y Llong Duff . W. C. Jones was the first printer of Trysorfa Ysprydol , i.e. from 1799 to 1802 . In the latter year the arrangement with T. Charles and T. Jones came to an end; in 1803 they had their own printer at Bala , Robert Saunderson (q.v.) . Saunderson had learnt his craft at W. C. Jones 's Chester office; other W. C. Jones apprentices were Thomas Gee (q.v.) and John Broster (q.v.) . It is probable that W. C. Jones ceased to publish Welsh books about 1807 .


  • Morris Parry , ‘Chester Welsh Printing’ in Journal of the Architectural, Archaeological and Historic Society of Chester and North Wales , 1913 ;
  • id., Gwasg Gymraeg Caerlleon (Caerleon, 1931) , 1931 ;
  • Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 (1925) .


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959