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JONES , JOHN EIDDON ( 1841 - 1903 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, eisteddfod enthusiast, and temperance advocate ;

b. 8 May 1841 at Rhyd-y-main , Merioneth . He was educated at Llangollen , received his ministerial training at Bala C.M. College , and his first lessons in music from ‘ Owen Aran .’ He was a member of the Tonic Solfa College and one of its examiners; he also wrote a history of the tonic solfa movement in Wales ( Traethodydd , xxiv, 51-60). He published a biography, Ieuan Gwyllt ( Holywell 1881 ). He was ordained in 1869 and became minister at Rhiwsbardun (Mer.) , 1869-70 , and Llan-rug, Caerns. , 1870-97 . He played a prominent part in the educational activities of Llan-rug and was secretary of the parish school board from its inception in 1870 until 1890 . He was also the first secretary of the North Wales Temperance Association and continued to hold this appointment until his death. He and Dr. Dawson Burns shared a prize of 100 guineas for an essay on ‘ The Drink Trade .’ He founded a Good Templars lodge in Llan-rug and in this connection started a local eisteddfod in 1874 . He was keenly interested in the national eisteddfod and won prizes for essays on its reform at Mold , Treherbert ( 1874 ), and Portmadoc ( 1878 ); during the years 1864-81 he was constantly making suggestions in the National Eisteddfod Association for its improvement. He wrote Hanes Achos Crefyddol y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn Llanrug which was posthumously published in 1904 . He d. 15 Oct. 1903 and was buried in the Calvinistic Methodist chapel burial ground, Llan-rug .

Sources:

  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , xxiii, 126, xxiv, 168, xxxvii, 208;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1903 , 497;
  • Y Tyst Dirwestol , Bala , 1904 , 47-8, 96;
  • Y Goleuad , 30 Oct. 1903 ;
  • Hanes Achos Crefyddol y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn Llanrug, Sir Gaernarfon, 1783-1900 , Dolgellau, 1904 , vi, viii.

Author:

Griffith Thomas Roberts, M.A., Llanrug

Corrections and additions:

JONES , JOHN EIDDON ( DWB , 485).

Supporter of D. LLOYD GEORGE (see above) . In a letter of condolence which he sent to his widow from the National Liberal Club 16 Oct. 1903 the statesman acknowledged that Eiddon Jones was the first to ask him to be an election candidate for Caernarfon boroughs .

Author:

Gwilym Arthur Jones, (1925-98), Bangor

Published date: 1959