Jones, Joseph

Welsh musician, born at Bryngrugog, Llanfair-Caereinion, Montgomeryshire, the son of a weaver who was a WM local preacher. He had only one year's schooling, but the profits from a small book of hymn tunes, Y Perganiedydd (1847) enabled him to attend training college for six months. After teaching at Towyn, he was in charge of the British School at Ruthin 1857- 1866, then kept a private school until his death at Ruthin on 17 September 1870. He composed hymn tunes and other choral works and edited a collection of hymn tunes, published in 1872, for the Welsh Wesleyan Church. His tune 'Gwalchmai' (HP 499; SF 56) was first set to George Herbert's 'King of Glory, King of Peace' in the English Hymnal (1906).