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DAVIES , JOSEPH ( ? - 1831? ) .

Nothing is known for certain about Joseph Davies. It is said that he was b. at Builth Wells , that he was a solicitor in Liverpool , and that he d. in 1831 . He was the founder of the periodical Y Brud a Sylwydd , of which eight numbers appeared between Jan. and Aug. 1828 , the last six being bilingual. The editor accepted the notions of his age about the antiquity of the Welsh language and the analysis of Welsh words into primitive elements as taught by William Owen Pughe (q.v.) . The periodical is of interest mainly because of the large number of new Welsh words which the editor coined to meet the needs of the time.


  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870) ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) .


Sir Thomas Parry, D.Litt., (1904-85), Bangor / Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959