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JONES , RICHARD ( 1787 - 1855? ), printer and publisher ,

with presses at Dolgelley , Pontypool , Merthyr Tydfil , Machynlleth , and Llanfyllin ; b. 26 May 1787 at Bryntirion , Bont-ddu, Mer. , the son of William Jones and Catherine ( Evans ).

Numerous details concerning the career of this important Welsh printer and publisher are given by Ifano Jones in his History of Printing and Printers in Wales , 1925 ; a summary must, therefore, suffice here. Richard Jones was apprenticed in the printing office of Thomas Williams , Dolgelley (for him also see Ifano Jones , op. cit.); he became his former master's partner in 1807 , and, in 1808 , when Williams retired, sole owner of the business . He. m. Catherine Evans at Dolgelley on 7 May 1809 .

Richard Jones was the first printer of Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , a journal which began its career in Jan. 1809 ; he printed it until 1811 and afterwards from 1819 until 1824 . He printed the following journals also: ( a ) Cylchgrawn Cymru , ( b ) Y Dysgedydd Crefyddol , ( c ) Pethau Newydd a Hen , ( d ) Trysor i Blentyn , ( e ) Yr Athraw , ( f ) Trysorfa Rhyfeddodau , ( g ) Y Dirwestwr . The Dolgelley office was also capable of undertaking the printing of larger works, such as a reissue of John Walters English-Welsh Dictionary , 1815 the complete works of Josephus in Welsh , 1819 , a reprint of bishop William Morgan 's Welsh Bible of 1588 , 1821 , and seventeen parts of the Welsh translation of Matthew Henry 's Commentary . The printer was in some trouble in 1824 over the paper tax; he sold his press to the Wesleyan Methodists , but he had another press at work in 1825 . In 1827 he established a press at Pontypool, Mon. , but kept the Dolgelley press going also; in 1828 he began to print at Merthyr Tydfil , at first with John Jenkins ( 1779 - 1853 ) (q.v.) and Thomas Williams ( 1778 - 1835 ) (q.v.) , as partners, but shortly afterwards ( 1828 ) the press was his own; see Thomas Williams ( 1778 - 1835 ) (q.v.) Ifano Jones , op. cit., for the titles of some of the works printed at Pontypool and Merthyr Tydfil . He severed the connection with Merthyr Tydfil in 1829 . In the meantime, as already stated, the Dolgelley press continued to function, being named ‘ Gomerian Press ,’ ‘ Gomer-Wasg ,’ or ‘ Y Wasg Omeraidd .’ The printer was a Wesleyan local preacher ; he also acted as an auctioneer .

In 1842 Richard Jones left the ‘ Gomerian Press ’ in charge of members of his family and established another press at Machynlleth — in charge of his son, ISAAC JONES , who sold it, in 1849 , to Adam Evans , emigrated to the U.S.A. , and died there shortly afterwards, viz. on 3 Nov. 1850 . The year in which the Machynlleth press was sold was also the year in which Richard Jones settled another son, also RICHARD JONES , as a printer in Llanfyllin, Mont. ; the son sold the press ten years later. Richard Jones ( senior ) d. c. 1855 , but the Dolgelley business was continued by his widow until 1858 .

Richard Jones brought up four sons as printers Isaac Francis , Richard , JABEZ , and ABRAHAM . His brother, LEWIS JONES (d. 1860 ), also learned the art of printing at Dolgelley ; he started to work on his own account at Caernarvon in 1814 .

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Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959