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DAVIES , MARY ( Mair Eifion ; 1846 - 1882 ), poet ;

b. 17 Oct. 1846 at Portmadoc , where she lived all her life, the elder daughter of captain Lewis Davies and Jennet , his wife, of the Tregunter Arms , Portmadoc . She was educated at a private school at Portmadoc which was maintained by a daughter of William Rees ( Gwilym Hiraethog ) . At an early age she showed an aptitude for writing poetry and received instruction from Ioan Madog ( John Williams , 1812 - 1878 , q.v.) and Emrys ( William Ambrose , 1813 - 1873 , q.v.) . Much of her early work appeared in Y Dysgedydd , which was then edited by Emrys . She was a frequent competitor at literary meetings at Portmadoc and the surrounding district, winning several prizes for poetry and essays . She was admitted to the Gorsedd circle at the National Eisteddfod at Pwllheli in 1875 . Her poetical works were edited by William Roberts ( Gwilym Eryri , 1844 - 1895 , q.v.) and published after her death. She d., unmarried, 8 Oct. 1882 and was buried at Soar , Talsarnau .

Sources:

  • Blodeu Eifion sef gwaith barddonol Mair Eifion, Porthmadog , Pwllheli, 1883-1920? ;
  • Y Gestiana , Tremadog, 1892 .

Author:

Idwal Lewis, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959