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EVANS , DAVID TUDOR ( 1822 - 1896 ), journalist ;

b. 3 Feb. 1822 at Cilgynydd , Llanboidy, Carms. , son of John Evans , minister of Pen-y-groes (Pembs.) and Hebron (Carms.) Independent churches . Early in life he became a successful draper at Narberth , and devoted much time to educational work , gaining the commendation of R. R. W. Lingen (see the 1847 Report of Commissioners on Education in Wales ) for his services as secretary of Narberth district Sunday school union . Evans gave up his shop to establish at Haverfordwest ( 1847 ) a Liberal weekly newspaper, The Principality , which he transferred to Cardiff ( 1848 ) with Evan Jones ( Ieuan Gwynedd , 1820 - 1852 , q.v.) as editor . The same year differences on educational policy led to the editor 's resignation, and two years later the paper ceased publication, the venture leaving Evans the poorer by £5,000. He next founded the monthly, Y Wawr , which collapsed with the fifteenth issue. Thereafter Evans wrote much for the Western Mail and became a Conservative . He was secretary of the 1883 national eisteddfod held in Cardiff . Before his death on 2 Oct. 1896 he received £100 from the Treasury in recognition of his literary services.


  • The Weekly Mail , 10 Oct. 1896 ;
  • Cofiant, a gweithiau barddonol a rhyddieithol Ieuan Gwynedd ynghydag adolygiad ar ei gymeriad a'i lafur (1880) ;
  • Simon Evans , Cofiant y diweddar Barch. John Evans, Hebron, Swydd Benfro, a'i briod Martha (1850) .


Owen Picton Davies, (1882-1970), Cardiff / Bangor

Published date: 1959