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EVANS , ROBERT ( fl. c. 1750 ), poet .

He was parish clerk of Meifod and is said to have died in the almshouse about 1750 . His most popular poem, ‘ Cerdd y Winllan ,’ together with two others, ‘ Ystyriaeth ar fyrdra oes dyn ’ and ‘ Cerdd ar Ymadawiad Pachadur ( sic ) ai Oferedd ’, were included by David Jones of Trefriw in his Blodeu-Gerdd , 1759 . He wrote in a serious vein, chiefly on religious themes. It was he who taught his vicar , Salisbury Pryce , to read Welsh .

Sources:

  • Cambrian Quarterly Magazine , four volumes, 1829–33 , i, 445-6;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 ;
  • J. H. Davies , A Bibliography of Welsh Ballads printed in the 18th century , 1908-11 .

Author:

Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959