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GITTINS , EDWARD ( Iorwerth Pentyrch ; 1843 - 1884 ); local historian ;

b. at Llanfair Caereinion, Mont. , where he lived all his life. He was a blacksmith by trade and, though he had few opportunities for formal study, he established for himself a considerable reputation as a bard and a local historian . He was a frequent competitor at local eisteddfodau and gained several prizes for englynion . At Christmas 1881 he won a prize at the Llanfair eisteddfod for an essay in Welsh on the history of Llanfair . His work had considerable merit and was translated into English by T. W. Hancock and published in Mont. Coll. , xvi and xvii. The author d. early in March 1884 [at the age of forty-one, and was buried on 6 March ].

Sources:

  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 ;
  • Collections Historical and Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire , xvi;
  • [Llanfair Caereinion parish register.]

Author:

Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959