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JONES , THOMAS TUDNO ( DWB , 521).

Instead of Tŷ Cristin read Tŷ Cristion .

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JONES , THOMAS TUDNO ( Tudno ; 1844 - 1895 ), cleric and poet ;

b. at Llandudno 28 April 1844 , the son of Thomas Jones and Mary , daughter of Griffith Griffiths of Bryncelyn Fawr , Llanengan , Llŷn . Having attended local schools till the age of 13, he went to work in a shop kept by his brother. In 1867 he was appointed editor of the Llandudno Directory , and was for a time on the staff of the Caernarvon and Denbigh Herald at Caernarvon . From 1874 till 1880 he edited the Conservative newspaper, Llais y Wlad . He m. in 1879 Mary Rowlands , Tŷ Cristin , Bodedern , Anglesey , and had two children, a son and daughter, both of whom died young. After a course at S. Bees College , which he entered in 1881 , he was ordained in 1883 . He served as curate of the Welsh church in Liverpool , at Llanyblodwel , and at Llanrwst , where he d., 18 May 1895 . His contributions to the press dealt with topics of the day, especially the disestablishment of the Church of England in Wales , which he opposed. He is best known as a poet , having won the chief prize for an awdl at the national eisteddfod at Pwllheli in 1875 , Caernarvon in 1877 , Wrexham in 1888 , and Bangor in 1890 . The sum of his published verse, which is mainly in the strict metres, is considerable, but it is not very highly regarded today.

Sources:

  • Telyn Tudno , Wrexham, 1897 (ed. David Rowlands ), 1897 ;
  • ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 .

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Principal / Sir Thomas Parry, D.Litt., (1904-85), Bangor / Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001