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JONES , JOHN ( 1775 - 1834 ), cleric; ;

chr. 28 Dec. 1775 , son of Roger Jones of Cefn Rug , Corwen , and Elizabeth his wife. He was educated at Ruthin School and Jesus College , Oxford , where he graduated B.A. in 1798 and M.A. in 1902 . He was ordained deacon in 1799 and priest in 1800 by bishop Cleaver of Bangor , and on the latter occasion he preached the ordination sermon. He was licensed to the curacy of Gyffylliog ; in 1802 he became junior vicar of Bangor , and senior vicar in 1810 . In the year 1809 he was appointed rector of Llandudno and archdeacon of Merioneth , and from 1819 he also held the benefices of Edern and Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd . He d. 13 May 1834 and is buried at Llanbedr ; there are memorial tablets to him in the churches of Llanbedr and Dolgelley . In 1804 he was one of a group of clergy who formed a society in the diocese of Bangor to publish tracts in Welsh , and he acted as its first secretary ; in 1821 he delivered the Bampton Lectures in the University of Oxford on ‘ The Moral Tendency in the Divine Revelation ’; he also wrote a number of pamphlets in Welsh on theological subjects .


  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • A. O. Evans in Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , i, 1, 245-50;
  • bishops’ registers.


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

Published date: 1959