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EDWARDS , WILLIAM ROBERT ( Glanllafar ; 1858 - 1921 ), Congregational minister, poet, and littérateur ;

b. 19 Sept. 1858 at Tŷ Coch , Parc , Bala , son of Edward Jones Edwards and Annie his wife. He was educated in the local schools and at the Independent College , Bala , under Michael D. Jones (q.v.) . The family were Methodists , but he became a member of Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn ( Congregational ) in 1876 , and about the same time began to preach . After his ordination at Sardis , Llanwddyn, Mont. , in Jan. 1881 , he was pastor of the churches of Sardis and Saron ( 1881-8 ) and Braich-y-waen ( 1882-8 ), Carmel , Llansadwrn, Carms. ( 1889-90 ), and Bethesda , Brynmawr , Brecknock ( 1890-6 ), In 1896 he received a call to be pastor of the Welsh Congregational church at Granville , New York ; in 1906 he accepted the pastorate of the Tabernacle church , Scranton , Pennsylvania , and there he spent the remainder of his days. He d. 23 Feb. 1921 and was buried in Dunmore cemetery, Scranton . His wife was Ellen Anwyl , Cae'r Berllan , Towyn, Mer. , and they had a son and two daughters. W. R. Edwards made a name for himself as a poet and littérateur . He won many prizes at eisteddfodau, including five bardic chairs . Over a long period he was in great demand as adjudicator of literary subjects at the eisteddfodau of Welsh communities throughout the United States . He contributed much to the Welsh press and was the editor of Cofiant Rhys Gwesyn Jones ( Utica , T. J. Griffiths , 1902 ).

Sources:

  • ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ; Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , v, 28, 73, 347;
  • R. T. Jenkins , Hanes Cynulleidfa Hen Gapel Llanuwchllyn , 1937 , 189;
  • Y Drych newyddiadur cenedlaethol Cymry America , 3 March 1921 ;
  • The Druid , 1 March 1921 ;
  • Y Seren , 2 April 1921 .

Author:

Gildas Tibbott M.A., (1900-79), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959