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BARNES , EDWARD ( fl. c. 1760-1795 ), poet and translator of religious books .

Born at S. Asaph , where he served as a schoolmaster . According to Josiah Thomas Jones in his Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , he became a Methodist and lived for many years in Montgomeryshire , where he welcomed itinerant preachers to his house.

Two of his carols, a song against drunkenness and another against worldly desires, are printed in Cyfaill i'r Cymro , collected by William Hope of Mostyn , and published in Chester in 1765 . N.L.W. MS. 843 , which was copied c. 1761 , contains his sequence of englynion to the Deity. In 1784 appeared his translation of de Courcy 's Letter of Advice … , in 1785 his translation of James Hervey 's Meditations , and in 1792 of Theophilus Priestley 's sermon on the death of Selina , countess of Huntingdon . In 1795 (?) , at Chester , was printed A specimen of select pieces of the poems of Rees Prichard … Dictionary — like in Welch and English …, by Edward Barnes, Schoolmaster at Caerwys . The copy of this publication scheduled as N.L.W. MS. 1477 has the date altered in ink to 1797 , and ‘ Caerwys ’ changed to ‘ St. Asaph.


  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 19;
  • Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) ;
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 .


David Myrddin Lloyd, M.A., (1909-81), Aberystwyth / Scotland

Published date: 1959