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HUGHES , HOWEL HARRIS ( 1873 - 1956 ), minister (Presb.), principal of the Theological College, Aberystwyth ;

b. 7 Sept. 1873 , in Brynteg , Llanfair Mathafarn Eithaf , Anglesey , son of J. Richard Hughes , a Presb. minister , and Jane his wife. He was educated at Beaumaris grammar school , the University College , Bangor (where he graduated B.A. ), and the Theological College , Bala (where he graduated in theology-one of the first two to receive a B.D. degree of the University of Wales ). He was ord. in 1901 , and ministered in Penmachno ( 1901-03 ), Maenofferen , Blaenau Ffestinog ( 1903-07 ), Moriah , Caernarfon ( 1907-09 ), and Princes Rd. , Liverpool ( 1909-27 ). In 1927 he was appointed principal of the Theological College , Aberystwyth , and remained there till 1939 . After retiring he moved near Liverpool , taking charge of the Welsh church at Southport , 1939-50 . In 1902 he m. Margaret Ellen , daughter of Griffith Roberts (‘ Gwrtheyrn ’) , Bala ; they had three sons. He suffered from debility in his last years, and d. 23 Nov. 1956 .

He was a powerful and influential preacher , who held many a memorable service during an Assembly or Association meeting. He became a person of influence in his denomination. He was Moderator of the Association in the North in 1943 , and of the General Assembly during World War II , 1939-41 . He was secretary of the committee on doctrine set up by the Presbyterian Church Commission for Re-construction after World War I , and he was one of the four who formulated the Shorter Declaration of Faith and Practice for the Presbyterian Church of Wales . His commentary on the Book of Amos ( 1924 ) was considered to be one of the best of the series published by his Connexion . He was gentle and gracious and was revered by his students and congregations as a saint and prophet.


  • Who's who in Wales , 1921 , 195;
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1958 , 247-8;
  • William Morris (ed.), Deg o Enwogion (1965) , 47-50;
  • R. H. Evans , Datganiad byr ar ffydd a buchedd. Pennod ddiweddar yn hanes Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru (Caernarfon, 1971) , 40-3;
  • personal knowledge.


Reverend Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 2001