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HUGHES , WILLIAM MELOCH ( 1860 - 1926 ), colonist and writer ;

b. 9 April 1860 at Pen-sarn , Betws Gwerfyl Goch , but the family moved to Melin Meloch , near Llandderfel , about 1868 . He was educated at Bala grammar school , at the same time as T. E. Ellis , O. M. Edwards , J. Puleston Jones (qq.v.), Mihangel and Llwyd ap Iwan . Trained as a photographer , he set up in business at Newtown , where he also started preaching with the intention of entering the Congregational ministry , but emigrated to Patagonia in 1881 because of ill-health; there he became a prominent member of the Welsh settlement, as teacher , farmer , tradesman , and preacher . Returning to Wales after forty years abroad, he d. at Rhyl 28 March 1926 , and was buried at Brithdir . His book Ar Lannau'r Camwy was published in 1927 , and it contains his reminiscences and valuable material relating to the history of the Welsh Colony during 1880-1920 .

Sources:

  • W. M. Hughes , Ar Lannau'r Camwy ;
  • R. Bryn Williams , Rhyddiaith y Wladfa , Denbigh Gwasg Gee, 1949 , 47-50.

Author:

Rev. Richard Bryn Williams, M.A., (1902-81), Rhuthyn / Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959