HUGHES, JANE (Deborah Maldwyn; 1811 - 1878), hymnist

Name: Jane Hughes
Pseudonym: Deborah Maldwyn
Date of birth: 1811
Date of death: 1878
Parent: Ruth Hughes (née Evans)
Parent: John Hughes
Gender: Female
Occupation: hymnist
Area of activity: Poetry; Religion
Authors: John James Jones, E. Wyn James

According to the copy of John Hughes's register of baptisms of Capel Uchaf Pontrobert (in the D. Teifigar Davies collection of MSS in N.L.W.) it appears that Jane Hughes was the third child (and third daughter) of John Hughes (1775 - 1854), Calvinistic Methodist minister, of Pontrobert, Montgomeryshire, and Ruth (Evans) his wife, and that she was born 25 June and baptised 2 July 1811 by Evan Griffiths, Meifod, who had been recently ordained in June 1811 at Bala. She died in Porthmadog, 26 April 1878.

Her published works show that she was active as a writer from 1846 to 1877. These works consist of hymns and other religious poetry, together with one elegy. Although it is evident that she had much religious fervour, only a few of her hymns can be said to be successful compositions. Most of them are written in too long and heavy a metre to be suitable for congregational singing. Of a total of some fifteen published works, mostly slight 16mos of from twelve to forty-eight pages, perhaps the most important are: Llyfr Hymnau (Carmarthen, 1846), Galargan am y diweddar Barch. Henry Rees, Liverpool (Carmarthen, 1869), Yr Epha lawn o ymborth ysprydol i bererinion Seion (Caernarvon, 1877), Telyn y Cristion (Caernarvon, 1877), Penillion ar enwau a swyddau Iesu Grist (Carmarthen, n.d.), and Cwyn a chysur y Credadyn (Cowbridge, 1889).


Published date: 1959

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