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JONES , JOHN HUGH ( 1843 - 1910 ), Roman Catholic priest ;

b. at Bala in May 1843 ; his father's name was John Jones , and his mother was a grand-daughter of Dafydd Cadwaladr (q.v.) . He was educated at the Bala grammar school ; the biographical sketch in Cennad Catholig Cymru states that he also received private tuition from John Williams ( Ab Ithel ) (q.v.) . In 1862 he entered Jesus College , Oxford , intending to prepare for Anglican orders, but before completing his course he was received into the Roman Catholic church by John Henry Newman , on 18 Oct. 1865 . Some time afterwards he entered S. Edmund's Theological College , Ware , and later became a student at the S. Beuno Jesuit College , Tremeirchion, Flints. For a period in 1871 he was in deacon 's orders at Bangor , where he preached in Welsh and English . In 1872 he was given priest's orders and on Palm Sunday in that year he began his long ministry as priest at Caernarvon , where he remained, highly respected by all, until in 1908 he was transferred to S. Mary's College , Holywell , where he was appointed tutor in Welsh . He d. at Holywell , 15 Dec. 1910 . He translated several devotional works into Welsh , including the Prayer Book issued by S. Teilo's Society , and some hymns.

Sources:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Cennad Catholig Cymru / Cambria's Catholic Chronicle , Conwy , Aug. 1911 .

Author:

Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959