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HUGHES , ROBERT RICHARD ( 1871 - 1957 ), minister (Presb.), and author ;

b. 2 Jan. 1871 , in Pont Myfyrian , a cottage near the railway, not far from Brynsiencyn and Gaerwen , Anglesey , son of Thomas and Margaret Hughes . He was educated in Llanidan British school ; St. John's School , Menai Bridge ; Oswestry High School ; University College , Bangor (where he obtained a B.A. degree of the University of London ); and Bala College . He was brought up in Brynsiencyn church under the ministry of John Williams ( 1854 - 1921 ; DWB , 1056) , and when the latter was called to Liverpool he himself was called to succeed him for a short while ( 1896-97 ). He was ord. in 1898 , and became minister of Ebeneser , Kingsland , Holyhead ( 1898-1913 ), Chatham St. , Liverpool ( 1913-22 ), and Newborough ( 1922-47 ). In 1897 he m. Margaret Ann Lewis , Bootle ; they had a son and daughter. He made his home in Holyhead after retiring, and d. there 23 Sept. 1957 . He was buried in Maeshyfryd cemetery , Holyhead .

He was a man of influence in his denomination, becoming Moderator of the Association in the North ( 1940 ) and of the General Assembly ( 1946 ). He was a leading member of the Commission for Reconstruction of the Presbyterian Church of Wales , and was one of the four who formulated the Shorter Declaration of Faith and Practice in 1921 . He was co-editor of Y Llusern for some years, and editor of Y Goleuad in 1931 . He contributed articles to Y Goleuad and other periodicals of his denomination and published a standard biography of his old minister, John Williams , Brynsiencyn , in 1929 . In 1931 he delivered the Davies Lecture , being an inquiry into man's belief in his own immortality, which was published in 1939 under the title Dyn a'i dynged .

Sources:

  • Trysorfa y Plant , 1931 , 141-3;
  • Who's who in Wales (1921) , 198;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1958 , 249;
  • W. Morris (ed.), Deg o Enwogion (1965) , 41-6;
  • R. H. Evans , Datganiad byr ar ffydd a buchedd. Pennod ddiweddar yn hanes Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru , Caernarfon, 1971 (1971) , passim .

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 2001