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JONES , OWEN WYNNE ( Glasynys ; 1828 - 1870 ), cleric, antiquary, story-writer, and poet .

Born at Ty'n-y-ffrwd , Rhostryfan , near Caernarvon , 4 March 1828 . When he was 10 years of age he went to work in the quarry , leaving it at the age of 17 to go to Bron-y-foel school . It is not definitely known whether he went to Eben Fardd 's school at Clynnog , but he certainly went to the Caernarvon Training College to qualify as a teacher in the Church schools . He was a schoolmaster at Clynnog , where Eben Fardd was his neighbour. In 1855 he was sent to take charge of a school at Llanfachreth, Mer. , where he came into contact with Ab Ithel (q.v.) , who was then at Llan-ym-mawddwy ; they co-operated in arranging eisteddfodau in which Glasynys competed. He then joined the Rev. William Hughes at Beddgelert and probably went on to a college in Birmingham . He was ordained deacon 2 Dec. 1860 by the bishop of Bangor . He became curate of Llangristiolus , Anglesey , was transferred to Llanfaethlu in 1863 , and to Pontlotyn, Mon. , in the same capacity in 1866 . There his stay was short, and he moved to Newport, Mon. , as joint editor , with Islwyn (q.v.) , of the newspaper Y Glorian . He then went to Portmadoc and thence to Towyn, Mer. He died 4 April 1870 and was buried in Llandwrog churchyard. He was the author of Fy Oriau Hamddenol, sef, Caniadau Moesol a Difyrus, Gan Gwyndaf Hen a Chaersallwg , 1854 ; Lleucu Llwyd (2nd. imp. 1858 ); Yr Wyddfa: sef Gwaith barddonawl a rhyddieithol Glasynys. Dan Olygiad H. O(wen) Glaslyn. Rhifyn I … ( 1877? ); Dafydd Llwyd; Neu Ddyddiau Cromwell (2nd imp. 1857 ); Dafydd Gruffydd, pa beth wyt ti yn ei feddwl o'r Ddwy Fil a'r dydd hwnnw? (3rd imp. 1894 ). He wrote articles for Y Brython , Baner y Groes , and Taliesin , and letters to the Herald Cymraeg under the pseudonym ‘ Salmon Llwyd o ben Moel Tryfan ’; his short stories were published in Cymru Fu and some of his letters and essays in Y Geninen .


  • References to articles on Glasynys and an appreciation of his work will be found in Saunders Lewis 's introduction to Straeon Glasynys detholiad (Denbigh, 1943) , 1943 ;
  • Y Llenor (1895–8) , xiii-xiv, 1898 .


David Gwenallt Jones, M.A., (1899-1968), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959