Born at Talgarreg, 8 October 1797, the elder brother of John Jones (1802 - 1863). He lost his father when he was 12 years of age. He had been to David Davis of Castellhywel's school and could read Latin, but, owing to his family's straitened circumstances, was withdrawn from school and spent the remainder of his life farming. As a young man he married Mary, daughter of the Nantyrymenyn family, who d. nine years later; in 1828 he married a second time. He died 15 February 1844, and was buried in Pantydefaid cemetery. He is remembered as the author of Crwth Dyffryn Clettwr, 1848. He wrote verse in both the strict and free metres, and his poems reveal a progressive mind. Having regard to the fact that he left school before he was 15, the Crwth shows great promise. Many of his poems are quoted locally to this day; his ‘Politics Pegy,’ ‘Fy Nhadcu,’ ‘Awdl Gofiant Beirdd Ceredigion,’ and ‘Ymddiddan rhwng David Lloyd a Sara Gwarallt-yr-yn’ will be remembered; and there is a very modern ring about his ‘Cwyn Gweithdai y Tlodion.’ He probably did more than any one else to rouse and liberalize the intellectual faculties of the countrymen living in the surrounding districts.
Published date: 1959
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