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JONES , EDWARD ( 1782 - 1855 ), Wesleyan minister , known as ‘ Edward Jones the 3rd ’;

b. in 1782 at Llantysilio near Llangollen . He was originally a Calvinistic Methodist , but began to preach in Wesley 's connexion in 1805 , and was sent on mission to Merthyr Tydfil ; in 1808 he was stationed in London — the first preacher in Welsh among the Wesleyans there. After serving circuits for many years, he d. at Llanidloes 22 July 1855 , aged 73. He wrote much in Yr Eurgrawn , of which he was editor from 1829 to 1835 , and published a collection of hymns and ( 1833 ) a translation of Wesley 's sermons. But he won fame chiefly as a controversialist . In 1812 , he published Cyflawn Wrthbrawf i'r Athrawiaeth o Barhad Diammodol mewn Gras , a translation of a book by Thomas Oliver(s) (q.v.) ; in 1819 Amddiffynydd y Gwir , a reply to a pamphlet by John Parry ( 1775 - 1846 ) (q.v.) of Chester ; and in 1829 or 1830 Lladmerydd — this last provoked a furious reply, Gwialen i Gefnyr Ynfyd ( 1831 ), by Edward Jones ( 1761 - 1836 ) (q.v.) of Maes-y-plwm . He also took part in the internal disputes of his connexion in his day — see A.H. Williams , Welsh Wesleyan Methodism , chap. vi and p. 230.

Sources:

  • Y Bywgraffydd Wesleyaidd yn cynwys bras-hanes am un a thriugain o weinidogion Wesleyaidd Cymreig yn nghyda 35 o weinidogion a gwyr lleyg Saesonig , Machynlleth, 1866 ;
  • Owen Thomas , Cofiant y Parchedig John Jones, Talysarn , New York, 1868 , 338-42, 356-60;
  • A. H. Williams , op. cit. (indexed);
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959