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EDWARDES , DAVID EDWARD ( 1832 - 1898 ), translator .

Born 14 Oct. 1832 , son of Edward and Margaret Edwardes of Rhydargaeau in the parish of Llanllawddog, Carms. His father, a Dissenter , kept the village shop . Edwardes was probably educated locally before entering the University of Glasgow , where he distinguished himself as senior prizeman in moral philosophy , and was the silver medallist and prizeman in mental philosophy . He took a master's degree in 1865 . His chief contribution to literature is his translation of the Alcestis of Euripides into Welsh , for which he shared with David Rowlands ( Dewi Môn ) a prize of £100 at the Aberdare eisteddfod of 1885 . Both translations were published in a single volume by the National Eisteddfod Society in 1887 . Edwardes held curacies at Laugharne 1866-9 , Llandeloy 1869-72 , Dinas, Pembs. , 1872-4 , Llan-llwchaearn 1874-5 , S. Paul's , Llanelly , 1875-7 , Begelly 1880-4 , and Rudbaxton 1886-8 . On 22 Oct. 1888 he was instituted rector of Hodgeston, Pembs. , where he remained until his death [19 July] 1898 .

Sources:

  • Crockford's Clerical Directory , 1898 , 414;
  • The Records of the Church in Wales at the National Library of Wales at N.L.W.;
  • Yr Alcestis chwareugerdd Roegaidd , London, 1887 (Euripides), 1887 ;
  • West Wales Historical Records , 1910–29 , ii, 206.

Author:

Dr David Jenkins, C.B.E., M.A., D.Litt., (1912-2002), Penrhyn-coch, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959