Towards the end of this period, he began to preach . However, it was in Capel Coch , Llanberis , in 1861 , that he was officially accepted by his denomination to be a minister , and in 1862 , he went as a student to the school kept by Eben Fardd ( Ebenezer Thomas ) in Clynnog . He was accepted as a minister to serve the whole circuit of the Arfon Presbytery in 1863 . During Eben Fardd 's illness he taught in the school , and he followed Eben Fardd in the post. He was ordained to the full work of the ministry in the Association held at Llangefni in June 1867 . He was a better teacher than Eben Fardd , because of his lively manner while in school. A school building and a house were built for him, but he died before he could enter either.
His health was frail. He had to leave Clynnog , and return to Ty Du , Llanberis , where he died on Christmas morning, 1869 . He was buried in the cemetery at Nant Peris , and money collected as a testimonial to him during his illness was used to erect a gravestone. A strange story is told about his death: between five and six in the morning, he called his sister and asked her to set the alarm clock to strike at 9, and, at exactly 9 o'clock, he died. He was considered to be a talented musician , though he was not a singer , and he was very popular as an adjudicator for music and poetry . He was considered to be a good poet , and, according to his obituary, his ode ‘ Tywylltiad yr Ysbryd Glân ar Ddydd y Pentecost ’ came high on the list in the competition in the Denbigh eisteddfod of 1860 . but a quotation from the poem in the adjudication shows that he was ‘ Awenydd ’, the third of four competitors.
He excelled as a writer of englynion , especially epitaphs for gravestones, and his best-known englyn was his epitaph for John Jones ( 1796 - 1857 ), Talysarn . This is not on John Jones 's grave in the cemetery in Llanllyfni , but on the memorial column near Tanycastell , his old home in Dolwyddelan .
Derwyn Jones, M.A., Bangor / Colwyn Bay
Published date: 2001