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JONES , THOMAS ( 1860 - 1932 ), farmer and poet ;

b. at Tyn-y-gors , Nantglyn, Denbs. , 10 June 1860 , son of Thomas and Margaret Jones — the mother belonging to the Tyn-y-gors family and the father to that of Llidiard-ygwartheg , Cerrig-y-drudion . He was brought up by his grandparents, moving to Tai-isaf in 1872 . He had six months schooling at Pentrefoelas and two periods of six months each at Cerrig-y-drudion . He m. Mary , daughter of Abel and Elin Jones , in Dec. 1882 , and lived at Tai-isaf until 1897 , Bryn-du until 1912 , and Cerrigellgwm until he d., 31 Oct. 1932 , in Denbigh Infirmary ; he was buried at Cerrig-ydrudion , 2 Nov. He was a tuneful poet , a writer chiefly of ballads ; he had on several occasions won chairs and acted as adjudicator . He also won the principal essay prize at the Corwen eisteddfod ( 1929 ). He published Caneuon , 1902 ; Beirdd Uwchaled [an anthology of the poets of that region], 1930 ; and Pitar Paw , 1932 . He wrote the life of John Jones of Glan-y-gors for the 2nd imp. of Seren Tan Gwmwl , 1923 , and some of his writings are to be found in Cymru (O.M.E.) , Gen. , Yr Haul , etc. He was an authority on setting penillion to the accompaniment of the harp .

Sources:

  • Baner ac Amserau Cymru , 8 Nov. 1932 ;
  • Beirdd Ein Canrif detholiad o farddoniaeth i'r ysgolion , Aberystwyth, 1934 , I, xiii;
  • Thomas Jones , Pitar Puw a'i Berthynasau , Aberystwyth, 1932 (introduction by T. Gwynn Jones ).

Author:

Evan Roberts, M.B.E., (1877-1958), Llandderfel

Published date: 1959