John Morris-Jones

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Portrait of Sir John Morris-Jones by John Thomas, 1885

Sir John Morris-Jones (17 October 1864 – 16 April 1929) was a Welsh grammarian, academic and poet. He was born at Trefor,Llandrygarn, Anglesey, and educated at Friars School, Bangor. Whilst at Jesus College, Oxford, Morris-Jones co-founded Cymdeithas Dafydd ap Gwilym (the Dafydd ap Gwilym Society) (1886). In 1895 he became Professor of Welsh at Bangor University, a post he held until his death. His works, Welsh Orthography (1893) and A Welsh Grammar, Historical and Comparative: phonology and accidence (1913), added to the status of the language and thus were well received in Wales. He was also founder and editor of the literary journal, Y Beirniad, published between 1911 and 1919. Morris-Jones was knighted in 1918.[1][2] He died at Bangor.

The Welsh-medium hall of residence at Bangor University (the present-day name of the University College of North Wales) is named Neuadd John Morris-Jones (John Morris-Jones Hall) in his honour.[3]


  1. ^ "New Year Honours. The Official Lists., New Peers And Baronets., Long Roll Of Soldiers. (transcription)". London: The Times. Tuesday, 1 January 1918; Issue 41675. p. 8; col B. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Syr John Morris-Jones, in Bedwyr Lewis Jones (ed.) Gwŷr Môn (1979) Cyngor Gwlad Gwynedd. ISBN 0-903935-07-4
  3. ^ "JMJ Halls of Residence. Bangor University". Retrieved 2008-10-11. 

List of publications by Morris-Jones

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