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HUGHES , DAVID ( 1785 - 1850 ), cleric and author ;

son of Daniel Hughes , Trefilan, Cards. He was educated at Ystrad Meurig , and Jesus College , Oxford , where he graduated B.A. in 1806 and M.A. in 1809 . In 1805 he began work as corrector , for the Oxford University Press , of the revised edition of the Welsh Bible which ultimately appeared in 1809 ; and in 1806 he was elected scholar of Jesus College . Ordained in the diocese of Oxford (?), he was in Dec. 1808 instituted to the living of Hirnant, near Llangynog, Mont. , though he does not seem to have resided there. In Nov. 1813 he was instituted to the rectory of Llanfyllin , where he lived till his death on 11 April 1850 ; he was buried at Llanfyllin . He is described as ‘a distinguished character as a Mathematician , Hebrew and classical scholar , and a man of very superior piety.’ He was a public examiner at Oxford , 1810-11 .


  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • D. E. Jenkins , Life of Thomas Charles (Denbigh, 1908) , ii, 597, iii, 99;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • Acts of the bishop of S. Asaph (in N.L.W.).


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959