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JONES , GWILYM CERI ( 1897 - 1963 ), minister (Presb.) and poet ;

b. 26 June 1897 at Newgate , in the parish of Llangunllo, Cards. , s. of William and Ellen Jones . He was educated at Rhydlewis school , Llandysul grammar school , and the Theological College , Aberystwyth . He was ord. in 1922 and served his ministry at Cwm-parc ( 1922-28 ), Minffordd ( 1928-32 ), Llanwrtyd ( 1932-36 ), Port Talbot ( 1936-47 ), Clydach, Glam. ( 1947-58 ). He m., 1934 , Mary Symmons , Swansea ; they had a son. He d. 9 Jan. 1963 at Llansamlet .

He was in great demand as an original and astute preacher until a severe illness left him with impaired speech . He then turned his creative talents to writing poetry , specialising in the strict metres and having his work published in weekly newspapers and Welsh periodicals. He competed at the national eisteddfod and won prizes for englynion and a love-poem. At Pwllheli in 1955 he won the chair for his awdl to ‘ Gwrtheyrn ’. The booklet, Dwy Awdl , contains an awdl by him on ‘ Bro'r Ogofeydd ’ and one by T. Ll. Jones ; and a posthumous collection of his poems was published, entitled Diliau'r Dolydd ( 1964 ).

Sources:

  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1964 , 278-9;
  • Y Goleuad , 6 Feb. 1963 ;
  • information from his sister;
  • and personal acquaintance.

Author:

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

Published date: 2001