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JONES , HUGH ( Erfyl ; 1789 - 1858 ) ,

b. [at Caerbachau ] Llanerfyl, Mont. , son of Evan and Elizabeth Jones — on his father's side he was nephew of Hugh Jones ( 1749 - 1825 ) (q.v.) of Maesglasau ; [his maternal grandfather was Evan Jones (‘ Telynor Waun Oer ’), a harpist of some repute]. As he was a cripple , he was educated with a view to becoming a schoolmaster ; he wrote well, and won a prize at the Beaumaris eisteddfod of 1832 for a treatise on Welsh syntax. [ N.L.W. MS. 1805 contains letters, and MS. 1899 poetry, by him. From c. 1821 at latest] he was overseer of Welsh printing at Chester , for Edward ( 1798 - 1854 ) (q.v.) and John ( 1775 - 1846 ) (q.v.) Parry . He was editor of Y Gwladgarwr , 1835-40 , and was one of the translators of the Beibl Darluniadol ( 1844-7 ) edited by Ieuan Glan Geirionydd (q.v.) . He d. 25 May 1858 , aged 69, and was buried at Llanerfyl .

Sources:

  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 ;
  • [information from Miss E. P. Roberts ].

Author:

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

Published date: 1959