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JONES , DAVID ( 1770 - 1831 ), Congregational minister, hymnist, and musician ;

b. Oct. 1770 , at Coed-y-ddôl , Llanuwchllyn, Mer. By trade he was a maker of wooden domestic dishes and utensils . Whilst still a young man he went to Wrexham for a course of instruction at the Academy conducted by Jenkin Lewis (q.v.) . In 1801 he took charge of the Congregational church at Holywell, Flints. He published a collection of hymns in 1821 (2nd ed. the same year and a 3rd ed. in 1826 ); this work included a treatise entitled Egwyddorion neu Dôn-raddau Peroriaeth a amcanwyd yn bennaf er anogaeth a chynorthwy i bobl ieuanc . In 1831 he went to Manchester to collect money in aid of the weak churches . He d. 25 Aug. 1831 at Liverpool as the result of an accident ; he was buried at Holywell .


  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , iv, 222;
  • W. A. Griffiths , Hanes Emynwyr Cymru (Caernarfon, 1907) ;
  • C. Ashton , Llyfryddiaeth Gymreig o 1801 i 1810 (1908) ;
  • [ Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig (1889-96) (2nd ed.), vi, 416;
  • R. T. Jenkins , Hanes Cynulleidfa Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn (1937) , 99, 114].


Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 1959