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JONES , WILLIAM RICHARD ( Goleufryn ; 1840 - 1898 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and writer ;

b. at Llanfrothen, Mer. son of Richard Jones . He was apprenticed to a carpenter and did not begin to preach until 1865 . He then went to the preparatory school at Clynnog and afterwards, in 1866 , to Bala C.M. College . In 1869 he became pastor of Ty-mawr and Pen-y-graig churches in Llŷn , being ordained in 1871 . His subsequent pastoral charges were Seion and Bethel , Llanrwst , 1873 ; Hyfrydle , Holyhead , c. 1880 ; Engedi , Caerns. , 1894 . He was an able preacher and a prominent figure in his denomination, but it is as a writer that he is remembered. He wrote for many Welsh newspapers and periodicals ; his critical and satirical articles in Y Geninen (from 1885 ), over the pen-name Siluriad , in which he lashed out at what he considered to be defects in Welsh religious and social life, attracted much angry attention. He also contributed to Y Gwyddoniadur and to Beibl y Teulu , and wrote a commentary on the Book of Judges . His collection of temperance stories, Cibroth-Hataafah , was once popular. He m. in Oct. 1873 , Kate Rowlands , of Pen-llwyn , Aberystwyth , — she accompanied him on a long visit to U.S.A. ( 1887 ), where he preached to many Welsh congregations. He d. 11 July 1898 at Caernarvon.

Sources:

  • R. G. Owen (Alafon), Gweithiau Llenyddol Goleufryn (detholion) gyda nodiadau coffaol am dano , Caernarfon, 1904 , 1904 ;
  • Y Geninen , Jan. 1899 , 18, March 1900, 30 ;
  • Y Traethodydd , 1905. 129 .

Author:

Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959