DAVIES, JOHN DANIEL (1874 - 1948), editor and author

Name: John Daniel Davies
Date of birth: 1874
Date of death: 1948
Spouse: Mary Ellen Davies (née Humphreys)
Parent: Daniel Davies
Gender: Male
Occupation: editor and author
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Printing and Publishing
Author: John William Jones

Born 12 January 1874, at Gwynfryn, Aberderfyn, Ponciau, Denbighshire, one of the seven children of Daniel Davies and his wife. Having completed his schooling he was apprenticed to David Jones, printer, at Rhosymedre, and afterwards to Richard Mills, printer of the Rhos Herald. He married Mary Ellen, daughter of William Humphreys (‘Elihu’), of Blaenau Ffestiniog, 25 April 1900. He settled in Blaenau Ffestiniog and in 1906 became the editor and owner of Y Rhedegydd. He was a preacher with the Scottish or Sandemanian Baptists and had an unbounded admiration for J.R. Jones, Ramoth and see his article in Y Geninen, April 1922). His poem on the temptation of Christ won a chair for him at the Penmachno eisteddfod. He did not compete for prizes after that, but devoted his energies to the composition of hymns, sermons, a catechism for children, and articles on a variety of subjects. His publications include Emynwyr Gwynedd, 1905, Saith Canhwyllbren Aur (sermons), and an account of the Scottish and Campbellite Baptists in Wales, which appeared in the transactions of Cymdeithas Hanes Bedyddwyr Cymru, 1940-1. He edited the Scottish Baptist periodical Yr Ymwelydd for many years. He died 9 April 1948 and was buried in Bethesda cemetery, Blaenau Ffestiniog.


Published date: 2001

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