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JONES , EDWARD ( Iorwerth Ceitho ; 1838? - 1930 ), carpenter and eisteddfodwr ;

b. c. 1838 , the youngest of six children of Thomas and Eleanor Jones of Ffos-dwn , Dihewyd, Cards. When he was about 5 years old the family moved to the tenement of Bryn Haidd in Nantcwnlle . He was apprenticed as a carpenter with David Davies , Brynhyfryd , Bwlch-y-llan , who specialized in the making of threshing machines . He migrated to London to serve in a milk-walk and to tend cattle for a widowed Englishwoman and her daughter. He m. the daughter and came into considerable wealth. His name appears in the earliest printed reports of Jewin (C.M.) church , and continues there till his death. At first, he resided in Fitzroy Road , Regent's Park , and, from 1896 , in Barforth Road , Peckham . He spent his leisure writing essays for competition at local eisteddfodau . He won some of the principal awards for essays in Welsh at national eisteddfodau, beginning in 1901 with an essay on ‘ The Trend of philosophical and theological thought in Wales at the present time ’; a ‘ List with short notes, of Notable Welshmen, 1700-1900 ,’ in 1906 ; and an essay on ‘ The Influence of the Romans on the language, civilization, and physical constitution of the Welsh ,’ which shared the prize, in 1910 . His ‘ List of Notable Welshmen ’ has been a valuable source for the present Dictionary, though only a part of it (A — H) was published [in 1908 ; the manuscript of the remainder is at N.L.W. , except the entries under J and K, which are lost. The work contains more entries than any other Welsh biographical dictionary covering its period.] He was buried at Forest Hill , 2 Nov. 1930 .


  • Jewin church reports;
  • information supplied by John Jones , Bwlch-y-llan, and Alderman Evan Evans , Russell Square, London.


Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959