Thomas Jones of Denbigh

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Thomas Jones (1756 – 16 June 1820), called "Thomas Jones of Denbigh" (in Welsh, "Thomas Jones o Ddinbych") to differentiate him from namesakes, was a Welsh Methodist clergyman, writer, editor and poet, active in North Wales.

Life history[edit]

Thomas Jones was born in 1756, at Caerwys in Flintshire, and was educated at Caerwys and Holywell.

In 1783 he became a Methodist preacher. At around the same time, he became acquainted with Thomas Charles of Bala, who influenced him greatly. Jones worked with Charles to devise the "Rules and Design of the … Welsh Methodists" (1801) and both edited the Welsh-language periodical, Y Drysorfa' while the publication was still in its quarterly form.[1]

In 1795 he married Elizabeth Jones, but she died two years later. Inheriting her fortune, he remarried in 1804. His second wife also died, and he married a third time in 1806, to a Mary Lloyd.

In 1811 he was ordained a Calvinistic Methodist minister. He wrote many hymns, and was highly active within his denomination.

He died on 16 June 1820.

Works[edit]

  • English and Welsh Dictionary (1800)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davies (2008), pg 433.

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