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JONES , JOHN ( Myllin ; 1800 - 1826 ), poet .

He was b. at y Glyniau , near Llanfyllin . He learnt the trade of a shoemaker and worked for a time in Liverpool . His literary efforts were encouraged by the Rev. David Richards , Llansilin (see under Richards , Thomas , 1754 - 1837 ), and he was friendly with Gwallter Mechain , Ieuan Glan Geirionydd , and others. In an eisteddfod held at Welshpool in 1824 he won the prize for his englynion ‘ Beddargraph Die Sion Dafydd .’ Examples of his work are to be found in various periodicals of the time. Among his better known poems are ‘ Myfyrdodau wrth wrando Cnul ’ and ‘ Awdl o ddiolchgarwch i Dduw am ffrwythlondeb cynhyrchiol a thymmor llwyddiannus y Cynhauaf ’ ( Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , 1825 ); ‘ Englynion Difyfyr ar Llanfyllin ’ ( Y Gwyliedydd , 1823 ); ‘ Morwynion Glan Trefaldwyn ’ ( Golud yr Oes , ii, 155). He also translated Dibdin 's ‘ Lashed to the Helm ’ and ‘ Auld Lang Syne .’ He d. on 9 July 1826 and was buried at Llanfyllin .

Sources:

  • Y Cymmrodor , x, 63;
  • Y Geninen , 1888 , 136.

Author:

Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959