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JONES , JOHN ( 1786? - 1863 ), cleric and antiquary ;

son of John Jones , Lleddfa , Machynlleth . He went up from Friars School , Bangor , to Jesus College , Oxford , in Feb. 1804 (during the same year he was admitted to Lincoln's Inn ), and graduated in 1808 . From 1809 to 1815 he was curate of Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog ( Anglesey ), from 1815 to 1819 curate of Llanfair-is-gaer , and from 1819 rector of Llanllyfni (both in Caerns.). He published seven sermons, but was interested chiefly in antiquities; he was one of the earliest members of the Cambrian Archaeological Association and wrote much in Arch. Camb. and also in Y Brython , Golud yr Oes , and other periodicals. Some of these articles were separately published, at Carmarthen and Tenby ( 1822 ). He left a good deal of unprinted work. He d. 12 Feb. 1863 , and was buried at Llanllyfni . He used the pseudonym Llef o'r Nant .

Sources:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Bangor Manuscript at University College North Wales Library, Bangor 6453 at U.C.N.W.;
  • W. R. Ambrose , Hynafiaethau, cofiannau, a hanes presennol Nant Nantlle y traethawd buddugol yn Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Pen-y-groes, Llun y Pasg, 1871 (1872) , 47.


It is difficult to be certain about the year of his birth: Foster would make it 1786 or 1787 , but his tombstone gives his age at death as 81, which would make 1782 the year of birth.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959