He was educated at the day school of James Humphreys , Glandwr , and at New Quay and Templeton (near Narberth ) schools. He was apprenticed to a tailor at Narberth , but inheriting much of his father's gift for learning languages he went to sea as a sailor to visit foreign countries in order to do so. He learnt Latin from his father; afterwards he mastered Hebrew , French , German , and Italian .
He wrote a great deal of prose and poetry , mainly translations, but little of his literary work has been preserved and none was published during his lifetime. His translation from the Italian of the ‘ Lament of Petrarch ’ ( Gwylofain Petrarc ), which has appeared since in several biographical notices of him, is perhaps the best-known; a specimen of his published English verse is ‘ The Grave ,’ which appeared in Y Beirniad , 1863 , iv.
William Williams, F.L.A. (1885-1950), Aberystwyth
Published date: 1959