he was secretary in 1782, president in 1785, and life-member of council; as his nickname implies, he hailed from Anglesey. Though he was generally spoken of as ‘Jones of the Temple,’ his name appears in no register of any Inn of Court, and it seems more probable that he was a lawyer's clerk — so also Robert Hughes (1744 - 1785), known to have been a clerk, is described as ‘of the Temple.’ Gwilym Lleyn (Llyfryddiaeth) attributes three books to him: an English translation of two of Cicero's treatises (1776), Cyfreithiau Plwyf, on the duties of parish officers (1794), and a two-volume Index to Records … of the Exchequer (1793 and 1795) ‘by Edward Jones, Inner Temple.’ One may doubt whether the first and third of these works are by our man [yet it should be noted that Leathart. in a letter of 1840, says that Jones ‘is the author of some law works’.] Little is said about Jones in Leathart's book on the Gwyneddigion, though on p. 31 he has an amusing account of a squabble between him and David Samwell. W.O. Pughe described him to Leathart as ‘a prominent orator,’ and David Samwell (The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1926-7, 130) recounts his participation in a political debate in the Caradogion Society. When Leathart's book was published (1831), Jones was living in Paris, and was the oldest living member of the Gwyneddigion; [in the letter mentioned above, Leathart describes him as ‘so advanced in years that we can say nothing more to him than ask his health’]. His help (and that of his brother Owen) is acknowledged in the preface to the 1789 Dafydd ap Gwilym. He had two brothers, OWEN (‘Owain Môn’ and ‘Cor y Cyrtie’ — a nickname which may indicate that he, too, was a lawyer's clerk), who was secretary (1789), vice-president (1792), and president (1793) of the Gwyneddigion, but was dead when Leathart wrote his book, and WILLIAM (‘Bardd Môn’), who died in July 1820 (Leathart, op. cit., 57) — William was a member of the Cymreigyddion Society, and had been president (Y Llenor, 1938, 231).
Published date: 1959
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