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JONES , GRIFFITH ( Glan Menai ; 1836 - 1906 ), schoolmaster and author ;

b. at Llanfairfechan, Caerns. , 15 March 1836 , in a cottage where Castle Buildings now stand. He was educated at the Church school and at the Training College , Carmarthen . He became a schoolmaster successively at Llanddeusant ( Anglesey ), Llanfrothen , Aberaeron (twice), and Llandybïe . He then bought a house at Caernarvon , where he settled. He had shown literary ability from his boyhood days and, after coming to Caernarvon , began to write regularly for the press . He was appointed local representative of Messrs. Blackie , the well-known publishers , and went to live at Llanfairfechan , where he d. 21 Oct. 1906 ; he was buried in the parish churchyard. Towards the end of his life he was in reduced circumstances, but was given a national testimonial and a Civil List pension of £30 a year in recognition of his services to the literature of Wales . Glan Menai was a keen eisteddfodwr and won a number of important prizes in the eisteddfodau of those days. He published several books, e.g. a novel Hywel Wyn ( 1861 ), Enwogion Sir Aberteifi ( 1868 ), Caneuon ( 1886 ), Cyfystyron y Gymraeg ( 1892 ), Traethawd Bywgraffyddol a Beirniadol ar Edmwnd Prys ( 1899 ), Guide to Llanfairfechan ( 1901 ), etc. He also left an autobiography with his daughter in London , but that has disappeared.

Sources:

  • Y Geninen , March 1909 , 35-8;
  • G. M. Roberts , Hanes Plwyf Llandybïe, etc , Cardiff, 1939 , 242;
  • T. H. Lewis , The History of Llandybïe National School , 17.

Author:

Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 1959