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JONES , RICHARD (‘ Glan Alaw ’; 1838 - 1925 ), minister (Presb.) ;

b. 3 June 1838 in Llanfachraeth , Anglesey . Initially he was a shoemaker and poet . In 1875 he was called to serve the home mission at Millom , Cumberland , and stayed there for about 6 years. He moved from there to Holyhead where he continued to preach . In Jan. 1884 he was called to be pastor of Brynrefail church , Caerns. His culture was self-acquired for his path to the ministry led him neither to Clynnog school nor Bala College . Nevertheless, he was a refined thinker and understood several languages . He preached alongside the giants of his denomination, though it was as an expositor that he was most prominent. He m. twice, and raised a large family. He published two commentaries and a lecture , whilst a volume of his poetry and sermons was published posthumously by his children. He d. 4 Feb. 1925 .

Sources:

  • Canmlwiddiant Eglwys Brynrefail, 1848-1948 ;
  • Y Goleuad , 11 Feb. 1925 .

Author:

Isaac Samuel Lloyd, (1875-1961), Llanrug

Published date: 2001