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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."
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