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JONES , JOHN ( Idrisyn , 1804 - 1887 ), cleric and author ,

b. 20 Jan. 1804 at Dolgelley , the son of William Humffrey , carpenter , and Elizabeth . In 1818 he was apprenticed to Richard Jones , printer and publisher of Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , and accompanied him to Llanfair Caereinion on his removal to that town in 1824 , and a little later to Llanidloes . It was at Llanidloes in 1830 that he started printing and publishing on his own account. He was a local preacher with the Wesleyans , and mayor of the town in 1852 . In 1853 , however, he joined the church of England and in Sept. of that year was ordained deacon by the bishop of S. Davids , being licensed to the curacy of Llandysul, Cards. In Sept. 1854 he was ordained priest , and became vicar of Llandysiliogogo in 1858 . In 1881 , he was granted a pension from the Civil List . He d. at New Quay on 17 Aug. and was buried at Llandysiliogogo . He published about twelve works, the best known being his Dehongliad Beirniadol ar yr Hen Destament a'r Newydd in five volumes ( Llanidloes , 1852 ). His other works include Yr Esboniad Beirniadol (six volumes; Llanidloes , 1845 ) and his translation of queen Victoria 's Journal of our Life in the Highlands ( Carmarthen ; Morgan and Davies , 1868 ).


  • Y Geninen , March 1889 ;
  • Yr Haul , Sept. 1887 ;
  • NLW MS 9262.


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959