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JONES , HUGH (‘ Hugh Jones Maesglasau ’ ; 1749 - 1825 ), translator and hymnist ;

son of William and Elizabeth Jones , he was chr. at Mallwyd, Mer. , 24 Nov. 1749 . He received a better education than was usual in his time. At the age of 23 he went to London where he taught for some time. By 1786 he had returned to Wales , for in that year he was one of the founders (and secretary ) of the Calvinistic Methodist cause at Mallwyd . He spent some time working on his father's farm and then from 1798 to 1817 he taught at various places in Merioneth and Montgomeryshire . From 1817 until his death, 16 April 1825 , he worked for various publishers translating books for publication — for R. Jones , Dolgelley , for L.E. Jones , Caernarvon , and for Thomas Gee , Denbigh . He published upwards of twenty works, the majority of them being translations of English works and works of a religious nature. His first work was Cydymaith yr Hwsmon , 1774 (reprinted by Sir Owen M. Edwards , and in 1949 by the University of Wales Press ). He published two volumes of verse — Gardd y Caniadau , 1776 , and Hymnau Newyddion , 1797 . This latter volume contained his well-known hymn ‘ O tyn y gorchudd yn y mynydd hyn .’ Among the works he translated was Thomas Brooks Golden Apples for young people, and a Crown of glory for old people , 1782 . In 1819 R. Jones , Dolgelley , published his translation of the works of Josephus . He was also a musician and composed the hymn-tune ‘ Capel Cynon .’


  • Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850 (1893) ;
  • J. Thickens , Emynau a'u Hawduriaid (1945) ;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , xxvi,
  • [ Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) ].


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959