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ELIAS , THOMAS ( Bardd Coch ; 1792 - 1855 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister and hymn-writer ;

b. in Nov. 1792 at Bryn-teg , Cil-y-cwm, Carms. , the son of David Elias and Mary his wife, he was apprenticed at 10 to a tailor at Llanwrtyd . At 14 he went to Merthyr Tydfil , but returned in a few years, m., and in 1822 began preaching — he was ordained in 1831 . His latter years were spent at Senny-bridge ( Brecknock ), where he d. 14 March 1855 , aged 62. A cywydd by him appeared in Seren Gomer , 1821 , 214, and a collection of his hymns, with a memoir, was published at Merthyr Tydfil in 1856 .

Sources:

  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 257;
  • W. A. Griffiths , Hanes Emynwyr Cymru (Caernarfon, 1907) .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959