1939: Death of the Rev. John Jenkins

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Vicar of Beddgelert – Death of the Rev. John Jenkins

rev john jenkins death 1939

The Rev. John Jenkins, Vicar of Beddgelert for forty-one years, died yesterday at Portmadoc Hospital, following an operation last Saturday for appendicitis.

Aged 68, he was a native of Cardiganshire, and graduated from St. David’s College, Lampeter. He was curate first at Llandwrog, near Caernarvon, for two years, and afterwards at Ynyscynhaiarn, near Portmadoc, for two years before coming Vicar of Beddgelert. Kind and charitable, he was very popular with Churchmen and Nonconformists, and parishioners generally subscribed towards a new church bell hung in celebration of the fortieth year of his incumbency. His love of Beddgelert was such that he had refused several offers of other livings.

He leaves a widow. The funeral takes place at Beddgelert to-morrow.


Source: Liverpool Daily Post, published 4 August 1939

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1909: Death of Glaslyn

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DEATH OF GLASLYN – A WELL KNOWN WELSH WRITER – FACTS OF HIS CAREER

After a prolonged illness, Glaslyn, the well-known Welsh bard, died last Sunday night at Llys Ednyfed, Penrhyndeudraeth, aged 80 years. He was a native of Llanfrothen, and resided for many years at Beddgelert, where he filled the office of deacon at the C. M. Chapel. For a time he kept a bookseller’s shop, and also worked as a quarryman. He and Glasynys were great personal friends. Glaslyn was a ravenous reader both of English and Welsh books, and he became an authority on Beddgelert antiquities. His nervous style, whether poetry or prose, made him a very popular writer. His many articles in “Y Cymru” and other periodicals, showed him to be a man well versed in the literature and the history of the subjects he treated upon. Politically he was a Labourite, and when the late Mr Morgan Lloyd came out as an Independent candidate for the representation of Merioneth in Parliament, Glaslyn stumped the county on his behalf. In spite of infirmity, adversity, and other disheartening circumstances, Glaslyn kept on writing and reading. The last time the writer of this note saw him, the bard was in bed reading one of Hawthorne’s books. Had the deceased had the same genius for self-control as he had for literature, he would have attained a high place in the ranks of Welsh authors. His poetical works are being collected, with a view to publication, by Cameddog.

Source: The North Wales Express, published 19 March 1909

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1907: Obituary – Mr A B Priestley

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On Wednesday morning, the death occurred of Mr A. B. Priestley Cae Dafydd, Nantmor. He was the youngest son of Mr John Priestley, Cae Dafydd, and Hirdrefaig, Anglesey, and was 52 years of age. Mr Priestley was a brother of Mr C. F. Priestley, Hirdrefaig, and was a notable figure in the Eryri district. He stood 6ft. 7in. in his stocking feet, and was in great repute in hunting and sporting circles.

North Wales Express, 17 May 1907

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1900: The Late Mrs. Morawelon Williams

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Aberdovey

Mrs Williams was the daughter of the Rev John Dingle, M.A., vicar of Lanchester, Durham, and married the Rev Richard Williams who, for nineteen years, was vicar of Beddgelert and died there in 1898. The funeral took place last Friday, the 28th May, and was commenced by a short service by the Rev John Rowlands, M.A., vicar of Aberdovey, at the residence of the deceased lady. The party then proceeded to Beddgelert, some hymns being beautifully rendered by the Church choir at Aberdovey Station before the train started.

At Beddgelert, the service in the Church was conducted by the Vicar (the Rev J. Jenkins, B.A.,) assisted by the Rev J. Lloyd Jones. M.A., rural dean of Eifionydd; Rev W. M. Roberts, M.A., Morwylfa, Aberdovey Rev C. P. Price, M.A., rector of Maentwrog, and the Rev H. J. Manley, vicar of Penrhyndeudraeth. All the deceased lady’s family, a brother, and some old friends attended as mourners and a large number of the inhabitants of the village and neighbourhood were present in Church and at the graveside. Some beautiful wreaths and crosses were sent by sympathising friends. Mrs Williams, during her long residence at Beddgelert, had, by her remarkable unselfishness of character, by her devotion to church work, and by her reliability as a friend and counsellor, made herself much beloved. Though resident in Aberdovey less than two years, she had been very active in the work of the Church and will be much regretted by the many friends she had made in that brief time.

Source: The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, published 1 June 1900

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