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Vol. 14, No. 8 Aug. 1927

The centenary of notable Welshmen

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The Centenary of Notable
By Rev. T. Mardy Rees, F.R.Hist.S.
IT has been suggested by a friend that I
should write another article on the lines of
the Noble Trio," which appeared in the
Welsh Outlook for May. It affords me
profound pleasure to comply, but first of all, I
must hasten to supplement an important item
which that brief article omitted. J. D. Jones,
Ruthin, left four sons (not three as stated),
and the name of the eldest, Mr. Owen Daniel
Jones, Talgarth, Machynlleth, was not included.
Mr. Jones was- born at the British School House,
Ruthin, where his father was Headmaster.
Educated at the Academy, Towyn, and the City
of London School, he entered an Insurance
Society and for fifty years held prominent
positions. For the last fourteen years he was
General Manager, in Edinburgh, of the North
British and Mercantile Insurance Company.
He is a retired Major of Volunteer Engineers,
a Justice of the Peace for Edinburgh, a Fellow
of the Chartered Insurance Institute, and an ex-
Chairman of the Associated Scottish Life Offices.
For many years Mr. Jones acted as one of the
examiners for the Chartered Insurance Institute.
We wish him many years to enjoy the retire-
ment which he deserves in the land of his
fathers. Since the appearance of our last
article, the Rev. J. D. Jones, M.A., D.D.,
Bournemouth, has been honoured by the King
with the title of C.H. for his great services in
the realm of Religion.
The noble Welshmen born in 1827 represent
the army, the pulpit, the press, and the univer-
sity, as the following names reveal:-
Wales owes more than any country to its
ancient families for the preservation of historic
manuscripts, and the Cefn Coch family, of which
the above was a distinguished son, stands high
in the list of literary benefactors. John Carstairs
Jones, army captain (2nd Dragoon Guards),
received his training at the Royal Military
College, Sandhurst. He had three country
seats-Heartsheath, Flintshire; Cefn Coch, Den-
bighshire and Gelli Cynan, in the same county.
The Cefn Coch MSS," edited by the Rev.
John Fisher, M.A., are a gold mine to the
student of Welsh life and customs in the Tudor
A native of Llanerchymedd. He received his
ministerial training at Bala College, and was
ordained at Menai Bridge (Porth Aethwy).
Thence he removed to Fitzclarence Street,
Liverpool, where he laboured for thirty-two
years. In 1889 he became minister of Engedi
C.M., Carnarvon. Dr. Hughes published several
Welsh works: Hanes yr Athrawiaeth Gris-
tionogol." Y Weinidogaeth," Actau yr
Apostolion," and a translation of Butler's
analogy Deddf Cyfatebiaeth." Profound
thinking did not rob him of humour. He quoted
with zest how his namesake the Rev. John
Hughes, the author of Methodistiaeth Cymru,"
sent an audience of Welsh people into con-
vulsions of laughter at the Concert Hall,
Liverpool, proposing a vote of thanks to
a preacher for a lecture on the Millenium.
When a prophet in Israel foretold an event to
take place speedily he was bound and kept in
prison in order to see if his prophecy were ful-
filled. My friend the lecturer to night has told
us that the Millenium will begin in 1866, and
he has no doubt about the date. I therefore
move that we bind him with cords, and cast
him into prison, to be kept there till we see
whether his prophecy be correct."
Born at Waunwthan, in Llangeler parish, 28th
August, 1827, and educated at the Grammar
School, Carmarthen; Presbyterian College, Car-
marthen, and Glasgow University. He was the
first Welsh student to secure Dr. Williams's
Scholarship at the Scotch University. He won
the gold medal for Greek at Glasgow. After
graduating M.A. at the University, he studied
in Germany. His unique scholarship made his
countrymen regard him with awe. life became
Professor at Trefeeca College in 1865. The
Revs. Edward Matthews, Ewenny, and
Cynddylan Jones, D.D., wrote his biography,
where we have a fine account of his services
to Christian scholarship.
Dr. Phillips, Dean of St. David's, was edu-
cated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
In 1849 he graduated B.A. and 18th Wrangler.
During 1851-4 he was Fellow of Corpus Christi;
1854-61, Warden of Llandovery College; 1861-86,
Vicar of Aberystwyth. Appointed Canon of St.
David's in 1874, Chancellor in 1879, and Dean
in 1895. In 1877 he edited a volume of Thirl-
wall's Sermons — "Pregethau Connop Thirlwall."
WYRFAI), 1827-1895.
Well-known in bardic circles, and Editor of
the Haul," a Welsh magazine. In 1872 he
became Vicar of Llangwm. Several bardic
chairs were won by him — Llanelly (1856),
Ruthin (1859). Bishop How's "Commentary
on the Gospels was translated into Welsh by
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