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DAVIES , REUBEN ( Reuben Brydydd y Coed ; 1808 - 1833 ), poet and schoolmaster ;

b. 1808 , son of ‘ Dafydd the Weaver and Betty ’ of Tanrallt , Cribin, Cards. He went to school at Cribin and Ystrad under T. J. Griffiths ( Tau Gimel , 1797? - 1871 , q.v.) and Rees Davies of Ystrad . His ambition was to enter the Unitarian ministry, and in 1825 he was admitted to Carmarthen College ; unfortunately, his health broke down and he was only there for a short time. He became a schoolmaster at Cribin and, during the later years of his life, at Cilmaenllwyd, Carms. ; he translated into Welsh the works of many Greek and Latin authors, particularly those of Ovid . An original manuscript of his works was in the possession of Rees Jenkin Jones (q.v.) of Aberdare , and the Rev. D . Evans of Cribin had a copy. He wrote over fifty hymns, and Daniel Evans ( Daniel Ddu , 1792 - 1846 , q.v.) thought highly of him as a hymn-writer . Apart from the hymns he left behind him an uncompleted poem, ‘ Dydd Barn ,’ some songs, several englynion , and a memorial awdl to D. L. Jones (q.v.) , tutor at Carmarthen . He d. 8 Jan. 1833 at the age of 25 and lies in Dihewyd churchyard.


  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 153;
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , 1853 , 234;
  • Enwogion Ceredigion (1869) , 28-9;
  • Oriel Coleg Caerfyrddin (1909) , 1825 .


Reverend Thomas Oswald Williams, M.A., (1888-1965), Lampeter

Published date: 1959