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 .
Rev. Edward Tegla Davies, D.Litt., (1880-1967), Bangor
Published date: 1959