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JONES , WILLIAM ( 1896 - 1961 ), poet and minister ;

b. 24 Sept. 1896 at Trefriw, Caerns. , son of Henry Jones , Congregationalist minister , and his wife Margaret ( Madgie ) , dau. of William Jones , Presbyterian minister of Trawsfynydd . He was educated at Llanrwst county school ( 1908 ) and he entered Univ. Coll. of North Wales Bangor in 1914 and Bala-Bangor College 1914-16 . He graduated in Welsh and Hebrew in 1917 . He was ordained minister of Tabernacl church (Congl.) , Betws-y-coed that year but returned to college to continue his studies during 1919-20 and 1923-24 but without taking a higher degree. He was minister of the English Congl. churches at Rednol and West Felton, Shrops . ( 1920 ) and Llanfair Caereinion . He resigned in 1937 and moved to his father's home in Tremadog where he had charge of Bethel (Presb.) church for a time though he was never formally its minister. He also assisted in the local branch of the County Library . He came to prominence as a poet during his college days. One of his best-known poems, the ballad ‘ Y llanc ifanc o Lyn ’ appeared in A Book of Bangor Verse ( 1924 ). He was friendly with many well known literary figures such as R. Williams Parry (see below) and J.T. Jones , Porthmadog , and he won several prizes at national eisteddfodau . He published two collections of well produced lyric poems, Adar Rhiannon ( 1947 ) and Sonedau a Thelynegion ( 1950 ). He m. Jane (Jennie) Gertrude Williams of Coed-poeth in 1924 . He d. at his home 14 Church St. , Tremadog , 18 Jan. 1961 and he was buried in Bethel cemetery.

Sources:

  • >Blwyddlyfr y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1962 , 260-1;
  • Y Goleuad , 8 Feb. 1961 ;
  • Y Cymro , 20 Jan. 1961 ;
  • Barddoniaeth Bangor 1927-31 ;
  • his papers at University of Wales Bangor library, MSS. 16581-89;
  • Y Genhinen , 1961 ;
  • Ifor Rees , Ar glawr , Llandybie, 1983 (1983) , 109-17;
  • T. Arfon Williams in Barddas , 231-2 (1966) , 24-34, 235 (1966) , 8-17;
  • Bedwyr L. Jones Rhyddiaith R. Williams Parry detholiad , Denbigh, 1974 (1974) , 123-6;
  • Taliesin , 60 (1987) , 49-54;
  • information from Tomos Roberts and Derwyn Jones .

Author:

Dr Brynley Francis Roberts, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001