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DAVIES , JOHN CADVAN ( Cadvan ; 1846 - 1923 ), Wesleyan minister .

Born at Llangadfan, Mont. , 1 Oct. 1846 , son of David and Jane Davies. He joined the ministry in 1871 and worked in most of the North Wales circuits as well as in Liverpool . He was president of the Assembly in 1910 . He was one of the editors of the Wesleyan hymn-book , 1900 , which contains a number of his hymns. Others are found in Llyfr Emynau y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd a Wesleaidd , 1927 .

He was a successful writer of ‘heroic’ verse and won prizes with ‘ Madog ab Owain Gwynedd ’ ( national eisteddfod, Liverpool , 1884 ), ‘ Cystenin Fawr ’ ( Caernarvon , 1886 ), ‘ John Penri ’ ( London , 1887 ), and there were many other successes to his credit. He was prominent in the eisteddfod as an adjudicator and conductor , and in 1923 became archdruid . He was an assiduous competitor and a formidable fighter when he thought he had lost unfairly — two famous battles being concerned with the pryddest at the New Year's Day eisteddfod at Dolgelley , 1894 (see ‘ Dydd Coroniad ’) and the love lyrics at the national eisteddfod, Liverpool , 1900 .

He published Caneuon Cadvan, i ( Rhosymedre , 1878 ); Caneuon Cadvan, ii ( Dolgellau , 1883 ); Caneuon Cadvan, iii ( Towyn , 1893 ); Dydd Coroniad ( Beaumaris , 1894 ); Caneuon Cadvan, iv , with ‘ Dydd Coroniad ’ as a supplement ( Beaumaris , 1897 ); and Atgof a Phrofiad (an autobiography), which appeared in the Eurgrawn , 1917 . He d. at Oswestry , 12 Oct. 1923 .

Sources:

  • Y Winllan , June 1910 ;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , Oct. 1912 , 1917 ;
  • Y Geninen (Gwyl Dewi), 1924 .

Author:

Rev. Edward Tegla Davies, D.Litt., (1880-1967), Bangor

Published date: 1959