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WILLIAMS , HUGH ( Cadfan ; 1807? - 1870 ), printer and journalist ;

b. at Bryn-crug , near Towyn, Mer. He served his apprenticeship with Richard Jones , the Dolgelley printer (q.v.) . He became known as a writer of ability and a staunch advocate and defender of the Church , and in Jan. 1848 , he started to edit and print a Church paper called Y Cymro , published at first in Bangor . In July 1849 , he handed over the proprietorship to a Mr. Shone , but continued to edit the paper until Oct. 1850 , when it was removed to London . Cadfan is next found in London holding the office of reader in the employ of the publisher John Cassell . He was friendly with John Jones ( Talhaiarn ) and William Jones ( Gwrgant ) (qq.v.) and acted as secretary to the ‘Talhaiarn Annuity Fund’ during 1863-5 . Papers relating to this fund as well as a holograph letter of Cadfan are contained in N.L.W. MS. 4511 . He was also a churchwarden of the Welsh church in London for many years. In 1870 he was chosen as the first editor of a Welsh church paper, Y Dywysogaeth , published at Rhyl , Flints. , but he d. 11 July 1870 at the age of 63 years; he was buried in Rhyl churchyard. Cadfan was the author of Caban F'Ewyrth Twm , a Welsh translation of Uncle Tom's Cabin , illustrated by Cruickshank and published by Cassell in 1853 , and Llyfr Gweddi i Dŷ Gweddi , a Welsh translation of a work by W. B. Stevens , an American divine .

Sources:

  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1897 , 45, 64, and 162-3;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • T. M. Jones , Llenyddiaeth fy Ngwlad , 1893 , 20;
  • Yr Haul , 1870 , 256;
  • Baner ac Amserau Cymru , 20 July, 1870 ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 , 517;
  • NLW MSS 4511, 9276 (431).

Author:

Hywel David Emanuel, M.A., (1921-70), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959