Maurice Jones

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For those of a similar name, see Morris Jones (disambiguation) and Maurice Jones-Drew.

Maurice Jones (alias Meurig Prysor) (21 June 1863 – 7 December 1957) was a priest and university educator.

Born at Trawsfynydd, Meirionnydd, Jones he was educated at the local school, then, with scholarships, proceeded to Friars School, Bangor and Christ College, Brecon, and then Jesus College, Oxford, where he gained a first class degree in divinity in 1886, an MA and BD in 1907 and a DD in 1914.

From 1890 to 1916 he served as chaplain to the Forces, and on his return, was offered the benefice of Rotherfield Peppard (Jesus College being the Patron of the benefice), and remained there until 1923 when he was appointed Principal of St David's University College, Lampeter. When he arrived, the college had less than 70 students, and he worked steadfastly to increase their number. When he left in 1938, there were more than 200 students. Jones' involvement with higher education did not come to an end on his departure from Lampeter, for he was later external examiner for both Oxford and the University of Wales. He was also a Fellow of Jesus College.

He was a member of the Gorsedd of Bards, with the bardic name of Meurig Prysor, and was treasurer of the Gorsedd from 1925 to 1938, when he was elected Gorsedd Bard. He was attendant druid from 1947 to 1957, and only narrowly missed election to become archdruid in 1955. In that same year, however, he was made a Fellow of the National Eisteddfod. He was also chairman of Cymdeithas Ceredigion Cerdd (The music and poetry society of Ceredigion) and Vice-President of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion.

He died on 7 December 1957 in Addington, Surrey, and is buried in the churchyard there.


  • The Dictionary of Welsh Biography, 1940-1970, The Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, London.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Gilbert Cunningham Joyce
Principal of St David's College
Succeeded by
Henry Kingsley Archdall