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JONES , THOMAS ( Canrhawdfardd ; 1823 - 1904 ), preacher, printer, and musician ;

b. 2 July 1823 at Bwlch-y-creigiau , near Nannerch, Flints. , the son of John and Mary Jones . He learned to read music when quite young; when only 16 he led the singing in the local Wesleyan chapel . He also started to hold music classes in the districts surrounding his home. In 1849 he began to preach with the Wesleyans ; in 1851 he moved to a place near Holywell and, from there, to Lixwm . In 1864 he is found at Coedpoeth , near Wrexham , where he had a bookshop and a printing establishment . He won several prizes for his music compositions, some of his anthems in particular gaining much popularity. He published a number of books containing hymn-tunes, anthems, carols, etc. , and edited other musical works . He d. 26 Oct. 1904 , and was buried in Coed-poeth cemetery.

Sources:

  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • Y Cerddor , Jan. 1905 .

Author:

Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 1959