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JONES , HUGH ( 1830 - 1911 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister .

Born 13 Jan. 1830 , son of the Rev. Hugh Jones of Llannerch-y-medd . He was educated in a school there, and afterwards under William Roberts ( 1809 - 1887 ) at Holyhead ; he served as apprentice at Llanfechell under John Elias , son of John Elias , but afterwards started keeping school near Bangor , and went to Bala C.M. College . There, he was advised to enter the ministry. He was pastor at Garreg-lefn ( 1862-4 ), at Amlwch ( 1864-1871 ), and, finally ( 1871-1911 ) at Netherfield Road (the chapel was later removed to Douglas Road ), Liverpool ; he d. 26 May 1911 .

He was moderator of the North Wales C.M. Association in 1877 , and of the General Assembly in 1886 , but, in fact, was not greatly interested in administration. Hugh Jones was, above all things, a preacher , and was universally regarded as a master of pulpit oratory in the older tradition T. C. Williams indeed averred that he was the last survivor of that tradition. His good biography ( 1869 ) of William Roberts of Amlwch ( 1784 - 1864 ) deserves mention. He was D.D., ‘ honoris causa ,’ of Princeton University , New Jersey ( 1890 ).

Sources:

  • J. Hughes Morris , Hanes Methodistiaeth Liverpool , Liverpool, 1929-1932 , i, 379-82;
  • obituary notices;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1912 .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959