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JONES , JOHN ( 1788 - 1858 ), known to his English neighbours as ‘ Poet Jones ’ ;

b. at Llanasa, Flints. At 8 years old, he worked in a cotton-mill at Holywell . About 1804 he went to sea ; was serving in the Royal Navy in 1805 , and remained in it till 1814 ; he read much while at sea. He then returned to the Holywell mill, but removed in 1820 to a factory at Stalybridge . There, he eked out his scanty wage by printing edifying verse (in English ), such as metrical paraphrases of Aesop , and selling his works in the market. In 1856 , he published a small book of them, Poems by John Jones . He d. 19 June 1858 ; Ceiriog and Creuddynfab (qq.v.) were present at his funeral.


  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870) ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


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

Published date: 1959