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JONES , THOMAS LLECHID ( 1867 - 1946 ), cleric, author and bibliographer ;

b. 4 Dec. 1867 , at Tyddyn Uchaf , Llanllechid, Caerns. , son of Hugh Jones and Catherine his wife. He was educated at the University College , Bangor and St. David's College , Lampeter , where he took his B.A. degree in 1896 . In the following year he was ordained deacon with licence to the curacy of St. David's , Blaenau Ffestiniog . He proceeded to priest's orders in 1899 , and became curate of Llanllyfni in 1902 . He became vicar of Ysbyty Ifan in 1906 , vicar of Llysfaen in 1915 , and rector of Llangynhafal (with Llangwyfan ) in 1934 . He m., 9 Jan. 1917 , Elizabeth Dolben Jones . Upon his retirement in 1944 he went to live at Colwyn Bay where he d. 12 Aug. 1946 .

He contributed much to the Church in Wales periodicals Yr Haul , Y Llan , etc. He was one of the most zealous members of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , becoming one of its vice-presidents . He contributed articles and notes on literary and bibliographical topics to the Society's Journal (see examples in vols iii-vi, and note particularly his series of five articles entitled ‘ Studies in Welsh Book Land ’). He was a careful bibliographer and collected a good private library; some of his books and manuscripts went to the Library of the University College , Bangor , and others to the National Library of Wales . His most important work for the National Eisteddfod was his essay ( 1933 ) on the history of Catholicism in Wales in the seventeenth century .

Sources:

  • Crockford's Clerical Directory , 1941 ;
  • North Wales Weekly News , 15 Aug. 1946 ;
  • Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , VI, 215-16;
  • Who's who in Wales (1937) .

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001