Hughes, Hugh (1778-1855)
1778-1855; e.m. 1807

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Welsh WM minister, born on 14 September 1778 at Llanor, Caernarfonshire. He worked as a gardener before moving to Liverpool, where he joined the WM in 1805. He was Chairman of the South Wales District 1828-1843 and in 1834 became the first Welsh-speaking member of theLegal Hundred. He founded many new churches and revived others. He wrote extensively for Yr Eurgrawn, which he also edited 1819-1821, and was joint translator of Wesley's Explanatory Notes upon the NT into Welsh. He wrote an autobiography, posthumously edited by his son-in-law Isaac Jenkins (1857). He died on 17 December 1855. He was the grandfather of Hugh Price Hughes.


'… all the children of the village used to run out to meet him, because he was the kindest and merriest gentleman they knew, and one who never thought of coming to preach without first filling his pockets with goodies… One day he came and administered her last Communion [to a dying woman]. Her little daughter, who was nine years old at the time, still recalls how Mr. Hughes touched her gently on the arm, after shutting the bedroom door, and said, "you must be quiet, little dear, because mother has fallen asleep." '

Dorothea Price Hughes, The Sisters of the People and their Work (c.1905) pp.41-2

  • Dictionary of Welsh Biography
  • Bathafarn 28 (1974-76) pp. 42-70