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JONES , GRIFFITH ARTHUR ( 1827 - 1906 ), cleric ;

b. at Ruabon and christened 16 July 1827 , only son and fifth child of John Jones ( curate of Ruabon 1819-30 , and rector of Llangwm 1830-72 ) and of Charlotte Harriett , his wife. He matriculated at Oxford from Jesus College in April 1847 , graduated B.A. in 1851 and M.A. in 1853 . He was ordained deacon by bishop Bethell of Bangor on 21 Dec. 1851 , and licensed to the curacy of Trewalchmai and Heneglwys in Anglesey . He was offered the vicarage of Llangorwen , near Aberystwyth , in the spring of 1852 , but declined it; on 19 Dec. 1852 he was ordained priest . On 18 July 1857 he was appointed vicar of Llanegryn, Mer. , and remained there till 1872 , when he was appointed to S. Mary's , Cardiff , being instituted 27 Feb . Here he served till his retirement in 1903 . He d. 22 Sept. 1906 , and was buried at Cardiff . Jones was at Oxford in the heyday of the Oxford Movement , and he gave himself unsparingly in the course of his ministry to the diffusion of its teaching and practices in Wales .


  • John Wollaston Ward and Hector Albert Coe , Father Jones of Cardiff a memoir of the Rev. Griffith Arthur Jones, for over thirty years vicar of S. Mary's, Cardiff (London, 1907) , 1907 ;
  • William Davies , Hanes plwyf Llanegryn (1948) , 1948 ;
  • Bangor and Llandaff episcopal registers in N.L.W.


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

Published date: 1959