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JONES , REES ( Amnon ; 1797 - 1844 ) .

Born at Talgarreg , 8 Oct. 1797 , the elder brother of John Jones ( 1802 - 1863 ) . He lost his father when he was 12 years of age. He had been to David Davis of Castellhywel 's school and could read Latin , but, owing to his family's straitened circumstances, was withdrawn from school and spent the remainder of his life farming . As a young man he m. Mary , daughter of the Nantyrymenyn family, who d. nine years later; in 1828 he m. a second time. He d. 15 Feb. 1844 , and was buried in Pantydefaid cemetery. He is remembered as the author of Crwth Dyffryn Clettwr , 1848 . He wrote verse in both the strict and free metres, and his poems reveal a progressive mind. Having regard to the fact that he left school before he was 15, the Crwth shows great promise. Many of his poems are quoted locally to this day; his ‘ Politics Pegy ,’ ‘ Fy Nhadcu ,’ ‘ Awdl Gofiant Beirdd Ceredigion ,’ and ‘ Ymddiddan rhwng David Lloyd a Sara Gwarallt-yr-yn ’ will be remembered; and there is a very modern ring about his ‘ Cwyn Gweithdai y Tlodion .’ He probably did more than any one else to rouse and liberalize the intellectual faculties of the countrymen living in the surrounding districts.


  • Crwth Dyffryn Cletwr sef, gwaith barddonol y diweddar Rees Jones, Pwllffein, Llandyssul, Ceredigion (Carmarthen, 1848) ;
  • Seren Gomer , May 1843 ;
  • Hanes Plwyf Llandyssul (1896) , 169-72.


Reverend Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959