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WILLIAMS , HUGH ( Hywel Cernyw ; 1843 - 1937 ), Baptist minister, writer, and poet ;

b. 13 April 1843 at Pentre , Llangernyw , son of Moses and Mary Williams . He began to take an interest in literature at an early age, and lyrics and englynion written by him appeared in Yr Athraw in 1860 , when he was only 17 years of age. He was admitted to the Baptist College , Llangollen , in Jan. 1863 , and was ordained to the ministry at Staylittle and Dylife (Mont.) in Dec. 1865 . In 1868 he went to take charge of the Baptist churches at Cynwyd , Corwen , and Carrog, Mer. He gave up Carrog in 1879 and confined his labours to the two former churches until 1918 , when he retired from the regular ministry, although he continued to preach in the neighbouring churches. He was for some years a tutor at the Baptist College , Llangollen . He was president of the Baptist Union of Wales and Monmouth , 1892-3 . In 1932 the University of Wales honoured him with the degree of D.D. He wrote a large number of hymns . He was for a time editor of Seren Gomer , the Greal , and Yr Athraw . His publications include Bannau Ffydd , 1900 ; Yr Arweinydd Dwyfol , Cofiant Dr. Hugh Jones , 1884 ; Nodiadau ar Epistolau Ioan a Judas , 1874 ; Esboniad ar yr Efengyl yn ol Ioan , 1899-1900 (two volumes produced jointly by him and Owen Davies of Caernarvon , q.v. ; and Christ the Centre , 1902 (a book of English sermons). He also published a number of tracts. He d. 3 May 1937 , and was buried in Corwen cemetery.


  • Llawlyfr Cymanfa Bedyddwyr Dinbych, Fflint a Meirion (Barmouth) , 1929 ;
  • Baptist Handbook , 1938 ;
  • memoir by T. R. Jones (manuscript).


Reverend David Tudwal Evans (1877-1951), Llangollen

Published date: 1959