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JONES , DANIEL ( 1725? - 1806 ), poet ;

a native of Ruabon , who, on his own evidence, received no formal education. A selection of his ballads and carols is included in Cynulliad Barddorion i Gantorion sef Carolau, Cerddi ac Englynion , a volume of poetry which he edited and published in 1790 . From these poems it may be deduced that he was accustomed to great poverty, and was grateful for the occasional patronage of the Myddelton s of Chirk castle and the Lloyds of Trevor . It is very doubtful whether he translated into Welsh part of Dr. John Gill 's Exposition of the Revelation of St. John as is claimed in Owen Williams 's Bibliography of Denbighshire , iii, 67. According to N.L.W. MS. 325 (39) he was over 80 years of age when he ‘died towards the close of 1803 ,’ but the date of his burial from the almshouse at Ruabon is officially recorded in the S. Asaph Bishops’ Transcripts as 10 March, 1806 .

Author:

Dr David Jenkins, C.B.E., M.A., D.Litt., (1912-2002), Penrhyn-coch, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959