Son of William and Elizabeth Jones, he was christened at Mallwyd, Meironnydd, 24 November 1749. He received a better education than was usual in his time. At the age of 23 he went to London where he taught for some time. By 1786 he had returned to Wales, for in that year he was one of the founders (and secretary) of the Calvinistic Methodist cause at Mallwyd. He spent some time working on his father's farm and then from 1798 to 1817 he taught at various places in Merioneth and Montgomeryshire.
From 1817 until his death, 16 April 1825, he worked for various publishers translating books for publication - for R. Jones, Dolgelley, for L.E. Jones, Caernarvon, and for Thomas Gee, Denbigh. He published upwards of twenty works, the majority of them being translations of English works and works of a religious nature. His first work was Cydymmaith i'r hwsmon , 1774 (reprinted by Sir Owen M. Edwards, and in 1949 by the University of Wales Press). He published two volumes of verse - Gardd y Caniadau , 1776, and Hymnau Newyddion , 1797. This latter volume contained his well-known hymn 'O tyn y gorchudd yn y mynydd hyn.' Among the works he translated was Thomas Brooks 'Golden Apples for young people, and a Crown of glory for old people, 1782. In 1819 R. Jones, Dolgelley, published his translation of the works of Josephus. He was also a musician and composed the hymn-tune 'Capel Cynon.'
Published date: 1959
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