JONES, HUGH (Erfyl; 1789 - 1858) author, editor and translator

Name: Hugh Jones
Pseudonym: Erfyl
Date of birth: 1789
Date of death: 1858
Parent: Elizabeth Jones (née Jones)
Parent: Evan Jones
Gender: Male
Occupation: author, editor and translator
Area of activity: Literature and Writing
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

Born at Caerbachau, Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire, son of Evan and Elizabeth Jones - on his father's side he was nephew of Hugh Jones (1749 - 1825) of Maesglasau; his maternal grandfather was Evan Jones ('Telynor Waun Oer'), a harpist of some repute.

As he was a cripple, he was educated with a view to becoming a schoolmaster; he wrote well, and won a prize at the Beaumaris eisteddfod of 1832 for a treatise on Welsh syntax. NLW MS 1805E contains letters, and NLW MS 1899C poetry, by him.

From c. 1821 at latest he was overseer of Welsh printing at Chester, for Edward (1798 - 1854) and John Parry (1775 - 1846). He was editor of Y Gwladgarwr, 1835-40, and was one of the translators of the Beibl Darluniadol (1844-7) edited by Ieuan Glan Geirionydd.

He died 25 May 1858, aged 69, and was buried at Llanerfyl.


Published date: 1959

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