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JONES , RICHARD IDWAL MERVYN ( 1895 - 1937 ), much better known as Idwal Jones , schoolmaster, poet, and dramatist ;

b. 8 June 1895 at Rhoslwyn , Lampeter, Cards. , the son of D. Teifi Jones , a native of [ Cwmerfin ] who became a well-known Liberal and conductor of eisteddfodau , and his wife Mary , who was descended from [the Jones es of Llwynrhys (qq.v.) ] — she was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Jones , Tynygwndwn and Bethel Parc-y-rhos . He was educated at the Lampeter primary school ( 1900-8 ) and S. David's College School , Lampeter ( 1909-11 ). After spending a short time as a clerk in the office of a solicitor at Lampeter , he became a clerk to his father who had relinquished school-mastering after a dispute with the governors of his school ( Felin-fach ) and had started in business in Lampeter as a coal-merchant . He joined the army in March 1915 and saw service in East Africa ; he left the army in March 1919 . He entered the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth , in the autumn of 1919 , and graduated three years later with second class honours in English . Afterwards he was a schoolmaster at Devil's Bridge and, later, tutor of extra-mural classes conducted under the auspices of Aberystwyth College .

Idwal Jones contributed to such journals as Y Llwyfan , Y Ford Gron , Welsh Outlook , Manchester Guardian , South Wales News , and The Dragon (the journal of Aberystwyth College students). He wrote the following plays: Codwn Hwyl (in manuscript); Gwrid y Wawr (in manuscript); My Piffle , a skit on the work of Caradoc Evans (in typescript); P'un , a one-act comedy, 1927 ; Toddi'r Ia , a short comedy in the dialect of mid-Cardiganshire , 1926 ; Pobl yr Ymylon , a play in four acts, 1927 ; Yr Anfarwol Ifan Harris , a play in three acts which was awarded the prize offered at the [ Holyhead] national eisteddfod , [ 1927 ] (in typescript); Ffarwel Tibit y Popty , a play for children; Sh — ! Dim Swn , a play containing some light lyrics, 1936 ; and Yr Eosiaid , a comedy in verse dealing with life in a college, 1936 . He published two books of humorous poems and parodies: Cerddi Digri a Rhai Pethau Eraill , 1934 , and Cerddi Digri Newydd a Phethau o'r Fath , 1937 . He also wrote light programmes for broadcasting . He d. 18 May 1937 .


  • Material accumulated by the writer for a biography;
  • personal acquaintance;
  • and information given, by Idwal Jones's sister
  • [and by Mr. John Edwards , Kingston-on-Thames.]


David Gwenallt Jones, M.A., (1899-1968), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959