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EDWARDS , GRIFFITH ( Gutyn Padarn ; 1812 - 1893 ), cleric, poet and antiquary ;

b. at Llanberis 1 Sept. 1812 , son of William Edwards ( Gwilym Padarn , 1786 - 1857 , q.v.) . Having had only an elementary education, he was taught the classical languages by Peter Bailey Williams (q.v.) , rector of Llan-rug . He graduated at Trinity College , Dublin , in 1843 , and took his M.A. degree in 1846 . Upon graduation he was ordained and appointed curate of Llangollen . Thence he moved in 1846 to be perpetual curate of Minera, Denbs. , and in 1863 to be rector of Llangadfan, Mont. , where he remained till his death. He was a competitor for the chief bardic prizes at the eisteddfodau held at Beaumaris ( 1832 ) and Liverpool ( 1840 ), and a collection of his poetry, entitled Gwaith Prydyddawl , appeared in 1846 . His literary works comprised poetry in Welsh and English and numerous articles in periodicals. A volume of sermons by him, Deg-ar-hugain o Bregethau , was published in 1854 . He was the editor of the collected works of John Blackwell (q.v.) , Ceinion Alun , 1851 , and wrote a history of the parishes of Llangadfan , Garthbeibio , and Llanerfyl . He d. 29 Jan. 1893 .

Sources:

  • The Works of the Rev. Griffith Edwards , London, 1895 (ed. Elias Owen , 1895 );
  • Y Geninen , xi (Gŵyl Dewi), 68, xii (Gŵyl Dewi), 1.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959