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HOOSON , JOHN ( 1883 - 1969 ), teacher, scholar .

Born in 1883 at Nant , a farmhouse in the Hiraethog area of Denbigh , son of Thomas Hooson and his wife Marged . The family moved to Maelor , Saron and then to Colomendy and Graig , near Denbigh . John Hooson was educated at Prion school and at the county school, Denbigh . He started to work on the farm but suffered from ill health. He returned to school and in 1903 won a scholarship to the University College of North Wales , Bangor where he graduated with honours in Latin ( 1906 ) and French ( 1907 ). Later he obtained the M.A. degree of the University of Wales . He continued his studies at the Sorbonne and the University of Berlin and travelled widely on the continent. He spent the whole of his professional life teaching French , German and Italian — at Taunton School , Somerset for eight years and then at the City of Westminster School for over thirty years.

However his main interest was in the life and culture of Wales , particularly the social and economic life of Hiraethog and the Vale of Clwyd . He was an authority on the place-names of these areas and on their famous people — such as the Myddleton family, Galch Hill , Denbigh , the Salusbury family , Emrys ap Iwan , Thomas Jones , Thomas Gee of Denbigh and Owain Myfyr , as well as the connections of English writers, such as Dr. Johnson with the Clwyd valley . He lectured frequently in Welsh and in English at the London Welsh centre , London Welsh chapels and to societies in Hiraethog and the Clwyd valley . He contributed articles on his favourite subjects to publications such as Y Ddinas , Y Drysorfa , Y Traethodydd , The London Welshman and to local papers in Wales . He was prominent in London-Welsh religious life and he was an elder at Clapham Junction Welsh Presbyterian Church for many years. He m. Gwen Storey of Wynnstay , Denbigh and they had one daughter. He d. 19 July 1969 in London .


  • Personal knowledge.


Lord Hugh Emlyn Hooson, Llanidloes

Published date: 2001