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JONES , DAVID MORRIS ( 1887 - 1957 ), minister (Presb.) and professor ;

b. 14 March 1887 at Maes-y-groes , Maenan, Caerns. , son of William Maurice and Elisabeth Jones . He was educated at the elementary and free schools in Llanrwst , the University College , Bangor (where he graduated with honours in Welsh and philosophy), Bala College , and Cambridge . He joined the armed forces in 1915 , but was recalled from Salonica in 1916 to receive a commission as chaplain to the Welsh regiments in France ; he was ord. the same year. He was awarded the M.C. for his bravery whilst administering to the wounded. He was minister of Gorffwysfa , Skewen ( 1920-24 ), Blaenau Ffestiniog ( 1924-29 ), and Trinity , Swansea ( 1929-34 ) before being appointed Professor of the philosophy of religion and history of religions at the Theological College , Aberystwyth , where he remained until he retired in 1953 . In 1916 he m. Esther Ann Williams , Pwllheli , and they had two sons and two daughters. He d. 8 Oct. 1957 , during his year of office as Moderator of the Association in the South .

Morris was a thorough scholar . He became president of the theology section of the Guild of Graduates of the University of Wales , and was the first editor of its periodical Diwinyddiaeth . The Davies Lecture (in Welsh ) delivered by him in 1953 on ‘ God the Creator and God the Saviour ’ was not published. He published Llên a dysgeidiaeth Israel hyd gwymp Samaria ( 1929 ), Efengyl Ioan a'i Hystyr ( 1944 ), and a commentary on the first epistle to the Corinthians ( 1952 ).

Sources:

  • Y Drysorfa , Apr. 1957 ;
  • Y Goleuad , 16 Oct. 1957 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1959 , 266-7;
  • information from his daughter, Buddug Morris Jones, London .

Author:

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

Published date: 2001