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HUGHES , JOHN GRUFFYDD MOELWYN ( 1866 - 1944 ), a Calvinistic Methodist minister ;

b. 30 May 1866 ; s. of Griffith and Elizabeth Hughes , at Tanygrisiau , Blaenau Ffestiniog, Mer. After leaving the board school he became a postman for a period, and then a clerk in a solicitor's office at Blaenau Ffestiniog . From there he went to Porthmadoc to the office of Messrs. William and David Lloyd George . He lived at the time at Pentrefelin and it was at Cedron chapel there that he began to preach . He was educated at Clynnog , Bangor , and Bala ; and later, when minister at Cardigan , he went to Leipzig university where he graduated M.A. , Ph.D. He was ordained in 1895 . He m. Mya , dau. of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Lewis , Llangadog , and they had 6 children. He served ministries at Bethlehem Green , Neath ( 1894-96 ); Cardigan , ( 1896-1917 ); Parkfield , Birkenhead ( 1917-36 ). He delivered the Davies Lecture on ‘ Worship ’ in 1935 and was elected Moderator of the General Assembly for 1936 . He was editor of Y Drysorfa from 1934 to 1938 . He d. 25 Jun. 1944 , a few months after his wife, and was buried at Llangadog .

He came to prominence initially as a poet , publishing four volumes of poems at an early age. In the second of these his well-known hymns ‘ Pwy a'm dwg i'r ddinas gadarn ’, and ‘ Fy Nhad o'r Nef, O! gwrando 'nghri ’, were first published. In addition to the poems he published Yr Athro o Ddifrif , 1903 , Cofiant a Phregethau'r Parch. Griffith Davies, Aberteifi (jointly with Dr. J. Cynddylan Jones ), Llewyrch y Cwmwl , Anfarwoldeb yr Enaid , A New Method for the study of the German Language , Pedair Cymwynas Pantycelyn , 1922 ; Mr. Saunders Lewis a Williams Pantycelyn , 1928 , Addoli , 1935 , Pregethau Moelwyn , 1925 . He was very acceptable as a lecturer and preacher .

Sources:

  • Y Drysorfa , Sept. 1944 ;
  • Who's who in Wales (1937) ;
  • [ Brynley F. Roberts , ed., Moelwyn Bardd y Ddinas Gadarn , Caernarfon, 1996 (1996) ].

Author:

Rev. William Morris, M.A., O.B.E., (1889-1979), Caernarfon

Published date: 2001