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JONES , ROBERT , Rhos-lan ( 1745 - 1829 ; DWB , 507-8).

Mordecai Jones (see above and DWB , 496 ) was his nephew's son.


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JONES , ROBERT ( 1745 - 1829 ), Calvinistic Methodist exhorter and author ;

b. 13 Jan. 1745 , son of John and Margaret Williams of Suntur , Llanystumdwy, Caerns. He was taught to read by his mother, and he attended one of Griffith Jones's circulating schools> , kept by Thomas Gough . Robert Jones succeeded in persuading Bridget Bevan (q.v.) to reopen the circulating schools in North Wales , and he himself was a teacher at Llangybi ( 1766 ), Beddgelert ( 1767 ), Capel Curig ( 1768 ), Rhuddlan ( 1769 ), Brynsiencyn ( 1770 ), Llangybi ( 1772-3 ), and Brynengan ( 1778 ). In 1768 he began to exhort among the Calvinistic Methodists and became a prominent figure in their assemblies. He preached throughout North and South Wales , and in 1779 got as far as London . He m. Magdalen Prichard at Llanfihangel-y-Pennant , 2 Nov. 1772 ; his wife was the daughter of Richard Griffiths , one of William Prichard ( 1702 - 1773 ) (q.v.) of Clwchdernog 's servants [the niece of Morris Griffiths , 1721 - 1769 , q.v. ], and the grand-daughter of Francis Evans of Cae'r Tyddyn . They took a seven years lease of a cottage known as Tir Bach , Rhos-lan , where Robert Jones erected a building large enough to be used in part as a chapel and where he gathered round him a strong Methodist society . When the lease expired they went to live at Tŷ Bwlcyn , near Dinas , Llŷn . The history of four of the children is known: DANIEL became a Liverpool draper and Methodist preacher ; Mary m. Richard Jones of Tŷ Bwlcyn and became the mother of Magdalen Jones of Waun Fawr , who wrote Rhodd Nain ; Hannah m. Richard Owen of Meillionen , Ceidio , and their descendants are to be found in Llŷn and the U.S.A. ; SAMUEL went to Liverpool where, for a very long time, he was one of the most prominent Methodist elders . Robert Jones published Lleferydd yr Asyn , 1770 , a defence of the Methodists against their persecutors; Drych i'r Anllythrennog , 1778 , a Welsh spelling primer; Grawnsypiau Canaan , 1795 , a collection of hymns — the first hymn-book used by the Calvinistic Methodists in North Wales ; and, finally, Drych yr Amseroedd [ 1820 ], a description of the Methodist revival in Wales and its effects. This last book is his masterpiece; the writing is terse, the descriptions are lively, and it is permeated with the fervour of the revival. Robert Jones had a hand in preventing Thomas Charles from leaving Wales in 1784 and also in persuading him to agree to the ordination of Methodist preachers as ministers in 1811 [he himself was not ordained, but delivered a charge at the service]. He d. 18 April 1829 and was buried in Llaniestyn churchyard, near the east wall.


  • Wheldon Manuscripts at the University College of North Wales, Bangor 1-7, 9-12, 16;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , xii, 227;
  • Y Llenor (1895–8) , xv, 1-192;
  • Cofiant o fywyd a marwolaeth y diweddar Mr. Robert Jones, Dinas, gynt o Roslan, Sir Gaernarfon, pregethwr yr efengyl yn mhlith y Trefnyddion Calfinaidd, yr hwn a fu farw Ebrill 18, 1829, yn y 84 flwyddyn o'i oed a'r 60fed o'i weinidogaeth at yr hyn y chwanegwyd pigion o'i lythyrau ac o'i waith prydyddol ; ynghyd â llythyr ato oddiwrth y diweddar Barch. T. Charles, Bala (Llanrwst, 1834) ;
  • [ NLW MSS 4836, 12793, 12794.]


Griffith Thomas Roberts, M.A., Llanrug

Published date: 2001