HUGHES, THOMAS JOHN (Adfyfr; 1853 - 1927), journalist

Name: Thomas John Hughes
Pseudonym: Adfyfr
Date of birth: 1853
Date of death: 1927
Parent: Thomas Hughes
Gender: Male
Occupation: journalist
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Printing and Publishing
Author: Thomas Iorwerth Ellis

Born at Bridgend in 1853, son of the Rev. Thomas Hughes of Miskin village, Glamorganshire. He became a journalist and represented a number of English daily newspapers in Wales. Some of his articles on the Welsh magistracy and landlordism in Wales were re-published by the Welsh National Liberal Federation. At one time he was private secretary to Alfred Thomas, 1st baron Pontypridd, and he was the first editor of the monthly magazine Cymru Fydd. His work as a shorthand writer brought him into touch with many activities in South Wales, and after the passing of the Bankruptcy Act, 1894, he was official shorthand writer to the bankruptcy court at Pontypridd. For some years he was a sub-editor of the South Wales News, and local representative for that paper. By his wife, who survived him, he had six sons and six daughters. He died at Pontypridd, 24 October 1927, and was buried in Glyntâf cemetery.


Published date: 1959

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