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MAURICE , HUGH ( 1775 - 1825 ), skinner, and transcriber of Welsh MSS. ,

b. at Tyddyn Tudur , Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Denbs. , in 1775 (christened 5 June ), son of Peter Maurice and Jane , his wife, sister of Owen Jones ( Owain Myfyr ) (q.v.) . He worked with his uncle in Upper Thames Street , sharing his literary and social activities in London . Under the latter's direction he began to transcribe Welsh manuscript texts in prose and verse , and he became a prominent member of the Gwyneddigion Society . Practising the trade of a skinner , he settled in Tooley Street . On the Gwyneddigion Society 's annual dinner day in 1800 he m., at S. Olave 's, Tooley Street , without her father's knowledge, Elizabeth Mary Louisa , daughter of Rowland Jones of Greenwich , a native of Llan-ym-Mawddwy and a past president of the Society. He himself was vice-president for that year, and the president , Thomas Roberts , Llwyn-rhudol (q.v.) , and the recorder , John Jones (‘ Jac Glan-y-gors ’) (q.v.) were at the wedding. He later resided at Greenwich , Pengwern ( Ffestiniog ), Tremadoc , and Plâs Gwyn , Llan-rug , where he d. 18 March 1825 . He was buried at Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr . An excellent penman , he was also an amateur artist . One of his early transcripts, poems by Gwalchmai , is written in ‘bardic script,’ with illustrations ( N.L.W. MS. 593 , transcribed in 1796 ). He wrote Llanst. MS. 161 , and N.L.W. MSS. 36, 47, 113, 119, 122, and 185 . Several of his transcripts survive in the Cymmrodorion collection in the British Museum ( B.M. Add. MSS. 14962-15089 ), and in 1849 , his daughter, Jane Maurice , presented to the British Museum the Caerhun MSS. containing forty-nine volumes of transcripts by Hugh Maurice and Owen Jones ( B.M. Add. MSS. 31062-31110 ). His contribution to the Myvyrian Archaiology was acknowledged in the preface, 1801 . He was the author of the best poem on the subject set for competition by the Gwyneddigion Society in 1804-5 , but as he did not divulge his name within the period set by the rules, the medal was presented to David Owen ( Dewi Wyn o Eifion , q.v.) , the author of the second-best poem. His eldest son, ROWLAND MAURICE , wrote a translation of Nennius at the end of N.L.W. MS. 119 , on 4 July 1817 . His second son, PETER MAURICE , b. at Plâs Gwyn , 29 June 1803 , christened at Greenwich 1 July 1804 , was educated at Jesus College , Oxford (matriculated 1822 , B.A. 1826 , M.A. 1829 , B.D. 1837 , D.D. 1840 ), was ordained deacon (licensed to the curacy of Llanbedr and Caerhun ) 27 Jan. , and priest 13 Oct. 1827 . He was chaplain of New College , Oxford , 1828-58 , and of All Souls , 1837-58 , and vicar of Yarnton , Oxford , from 1858 till his death 30 March 1878 . He is known for his hymns , his works on church music , and his pamphlets against Popery . Their sister, JANE MAURICE (b. at Tyddyn Tudur , 19 Oct. 1812 ), contributed twenty hymns to his Choral Hymn Book , 1861 .

Sources:

  • The National Library of Wales Journal , i, 230-2;
  • The Records of the Church in Wales at the National Library of Wales , Bangor ordination papers;
  • John Julian , A dictionary of hymnology, setting forth the origin and history of Christian hymns of all ages and nations (London, 1907) ;
  • Leathart , Origin and Progress of the Gwyneddigion Society of London (1831) , 44-5;
  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Y Cymmrodor , 1951 , 94-5.

Author:

Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959