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JONES , WILLIAM ( Gwrgant ; 1803 - 1886 )

b. at Brwynog , Llanfihangel, Mont. , son of Robert Jones , a mason , and Margaret , his wife. He was educated at the village school at Meifod and then articled to a solicitor at Llanfyllin . He removed from there to S. Asaph , and thence to London , where for many years he carried on an extensive business. He took a keen interest in Welsh letters , and wrote to the Welsh magazines under the name of Gwilym Brwynog . He published a book called Gwreiddiau yr Iaith Gymraeg . Gwrgant was a popular adjudicator at eisteddfodau ; as one of the three adjudicators at the Rhuddlan eisteddfod ( 1850 ) he read the adjudication awarding the chair prize for a poem in the open metres to Evan Evans ( Ieuan Glan Geirionydd ) . Gwrgant took an active part in London Welsh activities all his life; he was a member of the Cymreigyddion Society , chairman of the London branch of the Cambrian Institution , and a member of the Society of Cymmrodorion — he was the librarian of the second Cymmrodorion Society , was present at the formation of the third Society thirty years later, and was a vice-president until his death in 1886 .

Sources:

  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 , 1894 ;
  • Gwaith Talhaiarn , London, 1855-1862 , i, 435;
  • Cambrian Journal , six volumes, 1854–64 , 1856 , 76;
  • Y Cymmrodor , 1951 , 183;
  • [ Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 ].

Author:

Mrs. Helen Myfanwy Ramage, M.A., ( -1992), Llanfaes, Beaumaris

Published date: 1959