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PUGH , JOHN ( Ieuan Awst ; 1783 - 1839 ), lawyer and poet ;

b. Aug. 1783 in Melinfraenen , Llangelynnin, Mer. , the fifth child of David and Catherine Pugh . He only received nine months’ schooling, but, despite this lack of education, he gained a local reputation for scholarship in his later years. He moved to Dolgelley when he was 13 years old and became a clerk in a solicitor's office . He was later apprenticed to Thomas Williams , a printer at Dolgelley , but gave the trade up and became articled to a local solicitor ; and on completing his articles he practised as a solicitor in Dolgelley . Although a solicitor he still retained his interest in printing and in 1815 he became a master printer and his name ( John Pugh , Heol Finsbury ) appeared in the imprint of the Dysgedydd from 1833 to 1840 . He wrote a great deal of Welsh poetry and prose which was published in the Dysgedydd , Seren Gomer , and similar periodicals, under the pseudonym Ieuan Awst . On 11 Jan. 1815 he m. Jane Oliver , daughter of Robert Oliver , Dolgelley , by whom he had eight children. He d. 16 Feb. 1839 .


  • Edward Davies , Traethawd ar Enwogion Swydd Feirion, hen a diweddar, yn gelfyddydwyr, beirdd, gwyddonwyr, pregethwyr (Caernarfon, 1870) ;
  • Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 (1925) ;
  • R. Prys Morris , Cantref Meirionydd ei chwedlau, ei hynafiaethau, a'i hanes (1890) ;
  • Y Dysgedydd , 1839 and 1840 ;
  • Seren Gomer , 1823, 1824 .


Thomas Isfryn Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959