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HUGHES , WILLIAM ROGER ( 1898 - 1958 ), cleric and poet ;

b. 27 May 1898 , son of John and Ann Hughes , Sain-y-gog , Llangristiolus , Anglesey . As a young man he worked for a few years in Liverpool . During World War I he served with the army in France and Egypt . He entered the University College of North Wales , Bangor , in 1922 , and graduated in 1925 . In the same year he was licensed as curate of Mold , moving to Holywell in 1929 . In 1930 he was presented to the living of Llwydiarth, Mont. , and to Bryneglwys-yn-Iâl in 1933 , where he remained until his death. He was Rural Dean of Edeirnion and Canon of St. Asaph Cathedral . From 1930 till 1938 he edited Yr Haul . In addition to his duties as a parish priest he served the community as a Rural District councillor and as conductor of a well-known and successful choir . As a poet he won the chair of the Powys eisteddfod in 1930 , and on more than one occasion came near to winning the national eisteddfod chair. In 1932 he published a small collection of his poems under the title Cerddi Offeiriad , containing two eisteddfodic poems and a number of lyrics which have the merit of being less subjective than many comparable poems of the period. He d. 5 Apr. 1958 . He m. in 1929 Mabel Mansbridge of Gwernymynydd near Mold , and they had two sons and two daughters.


  • Yr Haul a'r Gangell (Denbigh) , Winter 1958 ;
  • personal knowledge.


Sir Thomas Parry, D.Litt., (1904-85), Bangor / Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001