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JONES , THOMAS ( 1761 - 1831 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister and Biblical commentator .

Born, says Y Gwyddoniadur , at Esgair in Llanpumpsaint parish, Carms. , but according to others at Trebedw , Capel Drindod, Cards. ; in any case he lived long enough at Llanpumpsaint to be widely known as ‘ Thomas Jones of Llanpumpsaint .’ He moved to Carmarthen , chiefly to be a press-corrector ; he was there in 1796 . It was long thought that he saw through the press the Bible edited by Peter Williams , published in 1770 , but the dates show that this cannot be right, and D. E. Jenkins has suggested that Jones was concerned rather with the press-correcting of ‘ John Canne 's Bible ,’ in the edition published in 1796 to compete with Peter Williams and David Jones 's edition of the same work.

Thomas Jones became a pillar of Calvinistic Methodism in the town, and was one of the trustees of the 1813 chapel. He preached in Welsh and in English not only in Calvinistic Methodist but also in Huntingdonian chapels in all parts of Wales ; the date of his ordination is not known, but he was not (as is sometimes said) one of the ordinands of 1811 . He was the first Biblical commentator among the Welsh Methodists , publishing commentaries on the Pentateuch , 1809-12 ; Job , 1818 ; Canticles , 1820 ; and Hebrews , 1830 . He d. 17 or 18 Jan. 1831 , ‘aged 70,’ and was buried in front of Water Street chapel .

David Jones ( 1793 - 1825 ) was his son.


  • Methodistiaeth Cymru (1851–6) , ii, 472;
  • Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig (1889-96) (2nd ed.), vi, 402 F ;
  • Joseph Evans , Biographical Dictionary of Ministers and Preachers of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Body … to the close of the year 1850 (1907) ;
  • Y Drysorfa , 1936 ;
  • Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , i, v;
  • Gomer M. Roberts , Bywyd a Gwaith Peter Williams (Cardiff, 1943) , 120;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries: Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department (1898) .


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959