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JONES , JOHN MORGAN ( 1861 - 1935 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister and author ;

b. [26 March] 1861 at Margam, Glam. He worked in that district for some time before proceeding to Arnold College , Swansea , and thence to Trevecka College . He held pastorates at Bwlch ( Brecknock ) and Alexandra Road , Swansea , before entering S. John's College , Cambridge , in 1895 ; he graduated in 1898 [ M.A. 1903 ]. In the same year he was appointed minister of Hope English C.M. chapel at Merthyr Tydfil , and remained there all his life with the exception of one short period at Tŵrgwyn , Bangor , in 1902 . He was a keen scholar , and a man of strong convictions who took a practical interest in the social and economic conditions of the people amongst whom he worked. He held office as secretary and chairman of the Conference of English churches of the C.M. Church of Wales . He published a Welsh life of John Calvin entitled John Calvin: ei fywyd a'i waith , 1909 , and a Welsh commentary on ‘ Second Isaiah ,’ Llyfr y Proffwyd Esaiah; esboniad: pen. xl-lxvi , 1919 . A series of lectures on the religion of Israel delivered under the joint auspices of Cardiff University Colleges and the Workers’ Educational Association , was published as Y Datguddiad O Dduw yn yr Hen Destament , 1936 ; an English translation appeared in 1942 entitled The Revelation of God in the Old Testament . He was an uncompromising pacifist . He d. 22 July 1935 .


  • Y Goleuad , 31 July and 14 Aug. 1935 ;
  • The Merthyr Express , 27 July 1935 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1936 ;
  • J. R. Tanner , The Historical Register of the University of Cambridge. Being a supplement to the Calendar, with a record of university offices, honours and distinctions to the year 1910 (Cambridge, 1917) ;
  • biographical note by G. M. Ll. Davies in The Revelation of God in the Old Testament (London, 1942) ;
  • [ Venn , Alumni Cantabrigienses ].


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959