Meudwy Mon Manuscripts

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A collection of 13 items of the Rev. Owen Jones ('Meudwy Mon'; 1806-1889). They include personal diaries for the years 1860, 1872 and 1879; several volumes of sermon notes; a volume containing addresses on various subjects and notes on antiquities of localities in Caernarvonshire and Flintshire; accounts in connection with the publications and sale of some of Owen Jones's books; and a volume containing copies of 'cywyddau' by Robin Ddu, Dafydd Llwyd ap Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, Owain Twna, Dafydd Gorlech, Ieuan Brydydd Hir, Huw Pennant, Sion Cent, Ieuan Dyfi, Iolo Goch, Llywelyn ab Owain, Rhys Goch Eryri, Tomas Prys, Maredudd ap Rhys, Edmwnd Prys, Owain Gwynedd, Guto'r Glyn, Tudur Aled, Wiliam Llyn, Ieuan Tew, Tudur Penllyn and Huw Cae Llwyd.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Rev Owen Jones, otherwise known as 'Meudwy Mon', was a Calvinistic Methodist minister, and a man of letters. He was born at Gaerwen-bach, Llanfihangel Ysgeifiog, Anglesey, 15 July 1806. His parents died when he was very young and he was raised by his Aunt Elizabeth. When he was 6 years of age he was sent to the village school. Rice Roberts of Plas Llangefni, noticed his rapid progress and paid for his education at Thomas Jones's school, Llangefni. From there he was moved to the National School when it was opened. The local gentry intended paying for his further education in order that he might become a clergyman, but his Aunt declined their assistance and shortly afterwards he was withdrawn from the school. He then became a carpenter's apprentice, a farm labourer, a private tutor in various families, and a schoolmaster at Llanddona, Llangoed and Penygarnedd. In 1827 he began to preach in the C.M. chapels. He also addressed meetings on behalf of the Bible Society, of which he became an assistant superintendent, a post he held for over forty years. He married Ellen, daughter of Richard Rowlands of Bryn Mawr, Llangoed. In 1833 he left Anglesey and went to Mold as proof-reader in the publishing firm of John and Evan Lloyd. The following year he was appointed cashier at the Plas-yr-Argoed Colliery. He and Roger Edwards were ordained at the Bala Association, 8 June 1842, and both of them acted as ministers at Mold. It was there that Meudwy Mon began to take an interest in the temperance movement, of which he was one of the pioneers in North Wales. In 1844 he received a call from the C.M. churches in Manchester, but in 1856 resigned because of a difference of opinion, and became the North Wales superintendent of the United Kingdom Alliance. He continued to live at Manchester until 1866 when he went to Llandudno as pastor. In 1868-1869, however, he gave up his pastorate as it took up so much of his time and the pay was so small that he could not live without writing. From this time onwards he depended mainly on his literary activities for his living, although he continued to work for the temperance movement and the Bible society. In 1866 he was given a testimonial of D50 collected by public subscription.

He edited four short-lived monthlies; Y Cyniweirydd, 1834, which later became Y Newyddiadur Hanesyddol, 1835; Y Cymedrolwr, 1835; Y Cerbyd Dirwestol, 1859. He published a number of books and articles and edited two large works - Cymru, yn Hanesyddol, Parthedegol, a Bywgraphyddol, 1875, and Ceinion Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1875. However, he did very little original work. He translated, collected and adapted, without ever expressing his own opinion.

He died on 11 October 1889.

Arrangement

No apparent system of arrangement

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Note

It is unlikely that ms no 8 is in the hand of 'Meudwy Mon', but it is very similar to the handwriting of Roger Edwards. It is possible that this ms found its way somehow into this collection from the Belmont collection. Access Points

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue at item level

Separated Material

See index of National Library of Wales Handlist of Manuscripts, vols I, II and III, under Jones, Owen, 'Meudwy Mon'.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics made at the discretion of the archivist.

Accruals

None expected

Related Material

Bangor Manuscripts 539 (73), 5019 (16, 18, 27-31), 5053 (38, 39), 5709 (8-9)

Bibliography

The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, under the Auspices of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, (London, 1959). Rev. R. Hughes y valley, Enwogion Mn (1850-1912) (Dolgellau [Wales]: E.W. Evans, Swyddfa'r "Goleuad", 1913). Walter, Huw, 'Cyfnodolion Meudwy Mon', Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society, 1993, pp.69-82.

Additional Information

It is unlikely that ms no 8 is in the hand of 'Meudwy Mon', but it is very similar to the handwriting of Roger Edwards. It is possible that this ms found its way somehow into this collection from the Belmont collection. Access Points