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JONES , JOHN ( Ioan Bryngwyn Bach ; 1818 - 1898 ), working man, astronomer, and linguist ;

b. at Bryngwyn Bach , Dwyran , Anglesey . He commenced life as a farm labourer but was a slate loader at Port Penrhyn , Bangor , from 1848 , and studied in his spare time. An excellent astronomer , he constructed two telescopes for himself. A good linguist , he owned twenty-six dictionaries and read the Scriptures in the Welsh , English , Greek , and Hebrew Testaments at his breakfast table. He was also a musician and a writer of verse . Samuel Smiles visited him and wrote about him. He d. at Bangor in 1898 .

Sources:

  • S. Smiles , Men of Men of Invention and Industry , London, 1884 ;
  • Y Traethodydd , 1898 ;
  • Y Geninen (Gŵyl Ddewi), 1901 , 42-6;
  • Young Wales a national magazine for Wales , Aberystwyth , 1898 , 272-4.

Author:

David Thomas, O.B.E., M.A., (1880-1967), Bangor

Published date: 1959