Gutyn Arfon
Former Rhiwddolion School

Jan­u­a­ry 1849, Tŷ Du, Llan­beris, Wales.

Ju­ly 26, 1919, Rhiwddolion, Caer­nar­von­shire, Wales.

Nant Pe­ris, Wales.

Gu­tyn Ar­fon. Gu­tyn is a form of Grif­fith, and Ar­fon is short for Caer­nar­von­shire.


Jones’ father was Precentor at Capel Coch, Llanberis, for 60 years. When John Roberts became pastor at the chapel, he recognized Griffith’s talents and trained him. Jones later became a student teacher at Dolbadarn, then assistant master at the British School in Aberystwyth, and, in 1869, master at Rhiwddolion Elementary School, where he served 50 years. He wrote both poetry and music, and was the first to introduce musical instruments in the Methodist chapels of Caernarvonshire. In 1918, he received a National Testimonial, valued at £65.

  1. Llef. Written in memory of Griffith’s brother, Rev. David H. Jones (Dewi Arfon), and first sung at a Cymanfa in Dolwyddelen, a village near his own.