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EDWARDS , JOHN (‘ Siôn y Potiau ’; 1699? - 1776 ); translator and poet ;

b. at Glyn Ceiriog, Denbs. — perhaps he is the John , son of Edward Jones , who was chr. there 27 Dec. 1699 . The burial of ‘John Edwards the Welsh Poet’ at Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog , 28 Dec. 1776 , is registered, and it is said that for a time his home was near the churchyard. He is stated to have given up his craft as a weaver shortly after his marriage and to have spent seven years in London as a bookseller's assistant — this is supported by the controversy between him and Jonathan Hughes (q.v.) . Cain Jones , the almanac-maker (q.v.) , was his son and, according to Charles Ashton and others, John Edwards too was an almanac-maker . He was one of the poets who took part in the eisteddfodau of the 18th cent.Bala 1738 , Glyn Ceiriog 1743 , Selattyn 1748 , etc. — and many of his poems are characteristic of the work of the eisteddfod poets, more particularly his best-known work, the twenty-four englynion to the belfry of Llangollen church, 1749 . He translated the second and ‘third’ parts of The Pilgrim's Progress . Judging by the translator 's ‘Notice’ the second part was published (by Stafford Prys , q.v. ) probably in 1761-2 and not in 1767 as William Rowlands ( Gwilym Lleyn ) asserts. The third part was published ‘for Dafydd Llwyd of Bala ’ at Chester in 1768 — a Robert Llwyd of Bala is mentioned in the second part as one of the translator 's friends. This was the earliest translation of the ‘third’ part into Welsh .

Sources:

  • Y Tyst Apostolaidd , v, 1850 , 136;
  • W. Rowlands , Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 , 503;
  • Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850 . [1893?] , 338, etc.;
  • J. H. Davies , A Bibliography of Welsh Ballads printed in the 18th century , 1908-11 ;
  • Almanac , 1776, 1777, 1779, 1780 , 1776 , 1777 , 1779 , 1780 ;
  • Almanac , 1740, 1743, 1744 , 1740 , 1743 , 1744 .

Author:

Garfield Hopkin Hughes, M.A., (1912-69), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959