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Born in Penybryn, Pembrokeshire, on February 13, 1872 his family moved to Landore in 1874 and John attended Brynhyfryd school until 1884 when he left to become an office boy in the Duffryn tinplate works in Morriston. John Hughes was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Chapel in the Hafod. When John Hughes composed his most famous tune - Calon Lân - it was played for him by John Evans, the organist of Dinas Nordda Chapel in Plasmarl. This became the most popular tune to the words of Calon Lan written by Daniel James. John Hughes died on June 16, 1914.