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JONES , THOMAS ( Cynhaiarn ; 1839 - 1916 ), lawyer and writer of verse ;

b. 10 Feb. 1839 , son of John and Jane Jones , Pen-lôn , Pwllheli . At 13, he began working in a solicitor's office at Portmadoc , and in 1867 qualified as a solicitor ; he was afterwards county-court registrar at Portmadoc and Ffestiniog , and town clerk of Cricieth . In politics he was a conservative , in religious adherence a Congregationalist . But he is best known as a writer of verse ; he was at his best in short pieces, and particularly in satiric verse — a satire of his gained the prize at the national eisteddfod of 1892 at Rhyl . He was also a master of the englyn . Much of his verse was printed in periodicals; much, too, is unlikely to appear in print, being in rabelaisian vein. He was in his early days a member of the literary circle which gathered around Ellis Owen (q.v.) of Cefn-y-meusydd . In 1881 he collected and published the poetry of Ioan Madog (q.v.) . He d. 22 Oct. 1916 , and was buried in Dyneio graveyard , Pwllheli .


  • Y Geninen , March 1918 , 55-80;
  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon (1922) , 218.


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

Published date: 1959