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EDWARDS , WILLIAM THOMAS ( Gwilym Deudraeth ; 1863 - 1940 ), poet ;

b. 21 Nov. 1863 in a house in a row called ‘ Hen Walia ’ in the town of Caernarvon , he was one of the twelve children of William and Jane Edwards , who afterwards lived in Penrhyndeudraeth . He had some little education at the day school there, but used to say that the best education he ever had was the Sunday school . As his father was a sea-captain , and his brothers too were seafaring men , he intended to become a mariner , but had enough of the sea after one voyage. He went to work at the Oakeley quarry , Blaenau Ffestiniog , and subsequently on the Ffestiniog railway , becoming stationmaster at Tan-y-bwlch and Dduallt (or Rhosllyn ). During that period he composed many striking englynion . He m. Harriet Williams of Llanferres , near Mold ; they had four children. Two volumes of his poetical works were published: Chydig ar Gof a Chadw , ed. by Isaac Davies , Birkenhead , in 1926 , and Yr Awen Barod , ed. by J. W. Jones , Blaenau Ffestiniog , in 1943 . He was one of Wales 's most original and dexterous writers of englynion . He d. 20 March 1940 and was buried in Allerton cemetery , Liverpool .

Sources:

  • Y Cymro , 1940 ;
  • Y Rhedegydd , 1940 .

Author:

John William Jones, (1884-1954), Blaenau Ffestiniog

Published date: 1959