), the most remarkable of the
, the son of
; his parents were very poor, and the father died when
was only four years of age, leaving the mother to the care of the parish. At the age of 16,
joined the county militia
; later he was
apprenticed to a shoe-maker
, where, at the age of 18, he found religion. Recalled to the
, he served at
. Next, being moved by the illiteracy of the masses, he
started a school
, although he himself was unable to read — he used to get someone to help him to prepare for the next session of his school.
heard about him, and insisted on seeing him; he arranged for him to get a quarter's schooling, and then appointed him a paid
(at £3 a year, subsequently raised to £4) in his circulating schools.
worked in this capacity in various places in the hundred of
for the next twenty-five years; among his pupils may be mentioned
(the girl who got the
. He learned to read
, to understand elementary arithmetic, and to some extent to follow
; his reports were detailed. He also
took part in the work of the Sunday school
, and in
— he was admitted a regular
by his monthly meeting in
. At one time (
) he was in the service of the
Madam Bevan's schools
, and was offered a permanent appointment, which he declined, as he did not wish to settle in
. He m. in
, and in
he and his wife went to live in the chapel house at
. He d.
14 Aug. 1862
at the age of 88. He was described as ‘a little man, with a little mind, and little ability’; but, for all that, his faithfulness and industry were exceptional.
Ysgolfeistriaid Mr. Charles o'r Bala
, 127-48 (with a portrait).
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D.,
F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor