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PUGH , EDWARD CYNOLWYN ( 1883 - 1962 ), minister (Presb.), author and musician ;

b. 21 June 1883 at Abergynolwyn, Mer. , son of William and Mary Pugh . His parents moved to Trehafod , Rhondda Valley, Glam. , in 1888 . He was brought up there and became a coal miner after leaving school. Interested in music, he became a conductor of brass bands , and became an accomplished cornet player (in his day he was cornet player for the Gorsedd of Bards ). During the 1904-05 religious revival he became a dedicated convert and began to preach in Siloam , Trehafod . He proceeded to further his education at Pontypridd Collegiate School , Trefeca College , and University College , Cardiff (where he graduated B.A. ). He was ord. in 1917 , and served his ministry with the Forward Movement at Pontypool and Tonyrefail , and in Wilmer Rd. English church , Birkenhead . In 1928 he emigrated to U.S.A. to take charge of the Welsh church in Chicago , and later the Welsh church in New York . He retired c. 1956 and returned to Wales . In 1917 he m. Jennet Jenkins of the Vale of Neath , and they had three daughters.

Cynolwyn Pugh was talented and contributed to periodicals in Wales and America . He won the prose medal at Ebbw Vale national eisteddfod ( 1958 ) for an autobiography which was published under the title Ei ffanffer ei hun ( 1959 ) (transl. by Nansi Pugh , His own fanfare ( 1999 )). He d. in Cardiff , 22 Mar. 1962 .


  • His autobiography;
  • Y Goleuad , 18 Apr. 1962 ;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1963 , 270;
  • personal acquaintance.


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

Published date: 2001