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EVANS , GRUFFYDD ( 1866 - 1930 ), cleric and antiquary ;

b. 18 Sept. 1866 at Pontardawe , son of John Gruffydd , works manager . After a brief period as pupil-teacher at Clydach ( Swansea valley) he went to Lampeter , graduating in 1891 ( B.D. 1902 ). Ordained deacon 1892 and priest 1894 , he held curacies at Swansea , Llansadwrn , and Llandingad ( Llandovery ). He became vicar of Kidwelly , 1908 , in 1913 vicar of Newcastle Emlyn , and d. there, suddenly, on the afternoon of Sunday, 31 March 1930 . He was keenly interested in folk-lore , and wrote much upon it (and upon other matters) in periodicals. But he will be more worthily remembered for his substantial antiquarian papers in the journals of the Cymmrodorion Society : ‘ The Story of the Ancient Churches of Llandovery ’ ( Trans. Cymm. , 1911-12 ), ‘ Carmarthenshire Gleanings — Kidwelly ’ ( Cymm. , xxv), and ‘ The Story of Newcastle Emlyn and Atpar ’ ( Cymm. , xxxii).

Sources:

  • Yr Haul , 1930 ;
  • Handbook of Rules of the Calvinistic Methodist or Presbyterian Church of Wales (Caernarfon, 1929) , 1929 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959