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JONES , JOHN WILLIAM ( Andronicus ; 1842 - 1895 ), author ;

b. at Bala , 30 June 1842 ; his father, a shopkeeper , was the son of Gilrhos farm , Llangower, Mer. , his mother an Englishwoman from near Wrexham . He went to serve in a shop at Chester in 1859 , removed to Manchester in 1863 , and there became a commercial traveller ; but in 1884 he was crippled by arthritis , and was bedridden (at Caernarvon ) for the rest of his life. He d. 15 June 1895 and was buried at Llanbeblig , Caernarvon . Soon after his removal to Manchester he began writing for the Baner ; afterwards he wrote for the Herald and then for the Genedl and for Cymru . His writing was very attractive; he excelled chiefly in reminiscences and ‘sketches.’ In 1894 , he collected some of these in Adgofion Andronicus ; others were republished in 1895 by R.D. Rowland ( Anthropos ) under the title Yn y Trên , with biographical notices upon which the present notice has been based.


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

Published date: 1959