HUGHES, JOHN JAMES (Alfardd; 1842 - 1875), journalist

Name: John James Hughes
Pseudonym: Alfardd
Date of birth: 1842
Date of death: 1875
Gender: Male
Occupation: journalist
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Printing and Publishing
Author: Edward Morgan Humphreys

Born at Garreg-lefn, Llanbadrig, Anglesey, 1842, he began life as a farm labourer. He went to Bangor, where he found work as a stone mason's labourer and came into contact with Gweirydd ap Rhys (R. J. Pryse), who took an interest in him and encouraged his efforts to educate himself. In 1866 he joined the Caernarvonshire police force, but resigned about 1869, on his appointment as sub-editor of Yr Herald Cymraeg at Caernarvon, where he soon won a reputation as a trenchant writer on the Liberal side. He took a prominent part in the campaign for the appointment of county court judges with a knowledge of Welsh, and worked for the reform of the national eisteddfod and the 'Gorsedd.' He died 8 January 1875, and was buried in Glanadda cemetery, Bangor. Short as his career was, he impressed his contemporaries as a man of unusual ability and energy.

There is a biography, by Owen Jones.


Published date: 1959

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