In 1924 he m. Olwen Margaret Williams in Mile End chapel , London , with Thomas Charles Williams ( DWB , 1074-5) officiating. B. in London , she was the daughter of Owen Williams , Gwalchmai , Anglesey , one-time High Sheriff of that county and a prosperous London draper . She was a niece of Sir Vincent Evans ( DWB , 232-3) . Their four children continued to farm in Colombia . Hywel Hughes never sought Colombian citizenship preferring always to emphasise his Welsh nationality. He was an enthusiastic member of Plaid Cymru and a generous benefactor. He actively supported Urdd Gobaith Cymru and allowed the movement to hold its first camp in 1929 at his home, Plas Tŷ'n dŵr , Llangollen . In 1931 he was elected a vice-president of the Company, Cwmni Urdd Gobaith Cymru . He was a member of the Hon. Soc. of Cymm. , and at the Ebbw Vale national eisteddfod he was the leader of the Welsh from abroad , Y Cymry ar Wasgar . He was vice-president of the American cymanfa ganu at Cardiff in 1969 . His benefactions and loyalty to Wales were recognised by the Gorsedd of Bards and he was admitted to the Druidic Order as ‘ Don Hywel ’. His personality, facility in Spanish and undoubted reputation brought him into contact with many of the presidents and leading senators of Colombia . In 1955 he bought Drws-y-coed , Menai Bridge , and the mansion became a popular cultural and social centre for Welsh people from all parts of Wales and abroad. He greatly admired the life and work of Sir O.M. Edwards ( DWB , 192-3) . He retained his Christian faith and never abandoned his non-conformist principles. His aspirations may be summarised: to improve the standard of cattle breeding generally and to seek independence for Wales . He d. on 19 Mar. 1970 at Bogota and was buried there.
Gwilym Arthur Jones, (1925-98), Bangor
Published date: 2001