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Stephen Hughes

1622-1688. Welsh Puritan. He was son of a Carmarthen silk merchant, but little is known of his youth and education. He was appointed Puritan minister of the parish of Meidrum, Carmarthenshire, in 1654. He contributed largely to the work of publishing “good books” in Welsh. He began by issuing the first part of the work of Vicar Rhys Prichard in 1659. During the era of persecution his home was at Swansea, and the work of publishing was in abeyance. It recommenced in 1670. He secured the cooperation of such men as Thomas Gouge (1605?-1681), Bishop William Thomas (1613-1689), Charles Edwards (1628-1691), Richard Jones (1603-1673), and William Jones (d.1679). Between them they published a series of books culminating in a translation of Pilgrim's Progress in 1688. The significance of this work for Welsh Christianity was immense in that it ensured that Puritanism would make wide use of the Welsh language in literature and education. Hughes was also a preacher of great influence and was the founder of the strong Congregationalist tradition in Carmarthenshire.