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JONES , DAVID ( 1793 - 1825 ), minister in the countess of Huntingdon's connexion, an able linguist, and one of the joint authors (with Thomas Keyworth) of Principia Hebraica , 1817 ;

he was the son of Thomas Jones ( 1761 - 1831 ) (q.v.) of Carmarthen , and was b. at Cwmcreigiau-fach in the parish of Llanfihangel Iorath, Carms. , 11 Feb. 1793 . He received a good education, privately to begin with and then at David Peter 's school, Carmarthen , the Presbyterian Academy in the same town, and Cheshunt College, Herts. ; he studied Arabic , Syriac , and Persian in addition to Hebrew and the classical languages. He was ordained in 1814 , and in 1821 , after being at Hereford for a period, succeeded W. Kemp as minister at Swansea . His health gave way and he was advised to spend the winter of 1823-4 in the South of France ; on his way home he visited Brittany . Accepting an offer made by the Bible Society he returned to Brittany towards the end of 1824 , began to learn Breton himself, and did much to secure the translation of the New Testament into the Breton language. He d. at Cheshunt 1 Sept. 1825 , a few weeks after being appointed classical tutor there.

Sources:

  • The Evangelical Register, or magazine for the Connexion of the late Countess of Huntingdon , London, 1825-43 , 1825 (150, 242), 1826 (65);
  • Lleuad yr Oes sef, amgeueddfa fisol o wybodaeth mewn crefydd, moes, athroniaeth a hanes , Swansea, 1827-1830 , May 1827 ;
  • The Gentleman's Magazine , 1825 , ii, 285;
  • Seren Gomer , 1824 (438), 1825 (93);
  • The life and times of Selina, countess of Huntingdon , London, 1839 , 1844 , ii, 116, 530;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 , 572-3;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1882-3 , 164;
  • Y Brython (Tremadog) (2nd ed.), 411;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin , 1909 , 1909 , 29;
  • notes by Dr. T. Witton Davies in N.L.W.;
  • Dr. L. Dujardin , La vie et les Oeuvres de Jean-François-Marie-Maurice-Agathe Le Gonidec grammairien et lexicographe breton, 1775-1838 , Brest, 1949 (Brest, 1949 );
  • [ Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 17].

Author:

Rhiannon Francis Roberts, M.A., (1923-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959