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JONES , JOHN ( 1650 - 1727 ), dean of Bangor, educationist, and antiquary ;

b. at Plas Gwyn , Pentraeth , Anglesey , 2 June 1650 , son of Rowland Jones and Margaret , daughter of John Williams of Chwaen Issa , Llantrisant , Anglesey . His brother's grandchild m. Paul Panton (q.v.) , the antiquary . Educated at Trinity College , Cambridge , where he graduated M.A. , 1668 , and later B.D. and D.D. , 1689 , he took holy orders and was preferred in 1672 to Rhoscolyn and its chapelries of Llanfair-yn-Neubwll and Llanfihangel-yn-Nhywyn . In 1673 he was collated treasurer of Bangor cathedral and also to Llandecwyn and Llanfihangel-y-traethau ; he received Llandegfan in 1683 and Aber in 1684 . Bishop Humphrey Humphreys (q.v.) , in 1689 , persuaded him to accept the deanery of Bangor , to which Gyffin , Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog , and Llanffinan were annexed. Other preferments were the prebend of Llanfair ( S. Asaph diocese ) in 1696 and Llanllechid in 1699 .

A correspondent of the S.P.C.K. , he was the pioneer in North Wales of Welsh charity-schools , which he founded and endowed in the parishes with which he was connected and where the Church catechism and other subjects were taught in Welsh . He caused Welsh literature to be distributed among his parishioners and assisted in the formation of parochial and diocesan libraries . In reply to his bishop's visitation questions he supplied information on the endowments and educational facilities of Friars School , Bangor . Browne Willis , in his Survey of Bangor cathedral , acknowledges the help received from the dean , who was a skilled antiquary . His will contained generous bequests for the religious education of poor children in specified parishes; at least nine schools are known to have been endowed by him. He d., according to his tombstone, 27 Oct. 1727 ; his will (dated 10 March 1719 ) was proved on 29 Nov. 1727 .

Sources:

  • Browne Willis , A survey of the cathedral church of Bangor; and the edifices belonging to it … (1721) , 70, 129-30, 157;
  • Barber and Lewis , The history of Friars School, Bangor (1901) , 38-44, 46, 160-3, 173, 176-7;
  • David Jones , Life and times of Griffith Jones, sometime rector of Llanddowror (London, 1902) , 36, 57-8;
  • Edmund McClure , ed., A Chapter in English Church History; S.P.C.K. Minutes and [Abstracts of] Correspondence, 1698–1704 (1888) , 276, 287, 292;
  • Plas Gwyn Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales , 80, 84, 85;
  • Thomas Shankland in Seren Gomer , 1902 (272, 300, 306), 1903 (138, 145, 149, 161), 1904 (17, 22-3);
  • Thomas Shankland in The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1904-5 , 111, 138, 143, 157-64, 167, 180, 182, 193, 216.

Author:

Reverend Canon Evan Gilbert Wright, M.A., B.D., (1903-1993/4), Bangor

Published date: 1959