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PARRY , HUGH ( Cefni ; 1826 - 1895 ), Baptist minister, poet, littérateur, and theologian ;

b. 20 Sept. 1826 , in the parish of Cerrig-ceinwen , Anglesey , son of Owen and Ellinor Parry , Tyddyn Sawdwr , Llangefni . He was originally a member of the Congregational churches at Llangefni and Rhos-y-meirch , and was ordained minister at Bagillt 26 Dec. 1848 , but seceded to the Baptists at Llangefni 6 Oct. 1850 and held pastorates at Rhos-y-bol ( Jan.-May 1851 ) Dowlais ( May 1851-5 ), Bangor ( 1855-7 ), Brymbo and Moss ( 1857-60 ), Tal-y-bont, Cards. ( 1860-4 ), London ( Tottenham Court Road) ( 1864-7 ), and Cardiff ( 1867-70 ). He emigrated to America in 1870 and spent the greater part of his time there in the pastorate of Dodgeville ( Wisconsin ) ( 1885-95 ), but he returned several times to Wales and was pastor at Holywell in 1884-5 . He d. at Llangefni , 18 May 1895 , and was buried at Rhos-y-meirch . He m. (in 1847 or during his pastorate at Rhos-y-bol ) Mary Ann Harding of Caernarvon . He was successful in the pryddest competition at the national eisteddfod at Swansea , 1863 , and published articles and poetry of a high standard in the Welsh and American periodical press.

Sources:

  • Y Geninen , 1896 , 32-7 g.;
  • Frimston , Ebenezer Sef Hanes Eglwys Fedyddiedig Llangefni, o'i chychwyniad yn 1779 hyd 1897 (118 mlynedd), yn nghyda hanes ei gweinidogion, a'i chymanfaoedd , Caernarfon, 1897 , 109-12 (portrait);
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru , 1893–1907 , iv, 106;
  • The Baptist Union of Wales Handbook and Diary , 1896.

Author:

Benjamin George Owens, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959