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HUGHES , ARTHUR ( 1878 - 1965 ), writer ;

b. 2 Jan. 1878 at Bryn Melyn near Harlech, Mer. , the son of John Hughes Jones , a physician , of Clwt-y-Bont, Caern. (who dropped the surname Jones) and his wife, Annie Harriet (née Jones ; Gwyneth Vaughan , novelist ; DWB , 371) . He became a ‘ Welsh scholar ’ at St. David's College , Lampeter , where he graduated. He edited two anthologies of poetry which in their day were extremely useful to students, viz. Cywyddau Cymru , 1908 and Gemau'r Gogynfeirdd , 1910 . His translation of one of Drummond 's works, Y ddinas heb ynddi deml , appeared in 1904 ; the second volume of Drummond 's works was edited by Gwyneth Vaughan .

His mother d. in 1910 , and the following year he emigrated to the Welsh colony in Patagonia under the patronage of Eluned Morgan ( DWB , 643) , mainly because of a nervous complaint . He was given a home for a long period at the home of Barbara Llwyd ( Mrs. J.O. Evans ) and maintained his own ‘batch’, i.e. a bachelor's cottage, until his marriage, 10 Jan. 1918 , to a widow, Mrs. H.M. Durrouzet , daughter of Erw Fair farm , and grand-daughter of W.E. Williams , founder of the district of Treorci in Chubut . They had 3 daughters, two of them good poets , one of whom, Irma , became a chaired bard of the colony and editor of Y Drafod .

When he became deaf , he retired from public life and lived a hermit's life among his books. His influence on the Welsh mind and culture in the colony as a scholar , writer , poet and harpist was considerable, but his chief contribution was as a literary critic . He d. 25 Jun. 1965 .

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge;
  • [ Taliesin , 38, 6-23].

Author:

Reverend Richard Bryn Williams, M.A., (1902-81), Rhuthyn / Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001