1849-1919
Gutyn Arfon
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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.

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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.