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EVANS , SAMUEL ( Gomerydd ; 1793 - 1856 ), editor ;

b. at Llwyn-y-piod , near S. Clears . In 1807 he was apprenticed to the printer John Evans , of Carmarthen . On the death of Joseph Harris ( Gomer , q.v.) in 1825 the office of Seren Gomer was removed to Carmarthen and in 1827 Samuel Evans was appointed associate-editor with D. D. Evans (q.v.) , becoming sole editor in 1835 . He remained in this post till 1850 , when he was acknowledged to be one of the foremost Liberal journalists of his day. In 1852 he removed to the office of William Owen of Cardiff , where he edited Seren Cymru till it ceased publication at the end of 1852 and Y Bedyddiwr from 8 Nov. 1854 till his death. He was also a Welsh scholar [and in 1830 was elected an honorary member of the London Gwyneddigion ]. In 1839 he published a revised edition of William Richards of Lynn's Welsh Dictionary and in 1840 he was one of a committee of five appointed by the Abergavenny Cymreigyddion Society to standardize Welsh orthography . The committee, however, never met, but Evans published his own views on the subject in a series of letters published in Seren Cymru in 1852 which were later published in 1854 under the title Y Gomerydd . He also edited Y Cymro Bach , 1855 , a collected edition of the works of Benjamin Price ( 1792 - 1854 ) (q.v.) and translated much of Gill 's commentary into Welsh . He d. at Cardiff , 30 Aug. 1856 , and was buried in the graveyard of Tabernacle Baptist chapel , of which he was a member.

Sources:

  • Y Bedyddiwr , 1856 , 316;
  • Yr Haul , 1856 , 324;
  • Seren Gomer , 1856 , 476;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1891 , 184;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 ;
  • T. M. Jones , Llenyddiaeth fy Ngwlad , 1893 , 84, 95-6;
  • [ Leathart , Origin and Progress of the Gwyneddigion Society of London , 1831 , 112;
  • and see under Evans family (printers).]

Author:

Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959