JAMES, JOHN (1815 - 1869), poet and hymnwriter

Name: John James
Date of birth: 1815
Date of death: 1869
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet and hymnwriter
Area of activity: Poetry; Religion
Author: Moelwyn Idwal Williams

Born at Colwinston, Glamorganshire. When only a child of 3 he was blinded for life. Though deprived of the advantages of early education, he became the author of numerous hymns and poems. Many of his compositions were published - Seren Bethlehem (Bridgend, 1849; 2nd ed. Aberdare, 1865); Casgliad o Emynau Gwreiddiol (Aberdare, n.d.; the translation was by Isaac Jenkins); Twyni Tregolwyn (Aberdare, 1864). He was a member of the Wesleyan church at Colwinston. He died in March 1869, and was buried on the 19th of the same month at Colwinston.


Published date: 1959

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