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GRIFFITH , ROBERT ARTHUR ( Elphin , 1860 - 1936 ), author and lawyer ;

b. at Caernarvon , 1860 , son of John Owen Griffith (q.v.) ( Ioan Arfon ) and Ann (formerly Roberts ) . He was educated at the Liverpool institute and University College , Aberystwyth . For many years he practised as a solicitor at Bangor . He became a barrister of the Middle Temple in 1903 , joining the North Wales and Chester circuit . In 1915 he became stipendiary magistrate for Merthyr Tydfil and Aberdare , a position which he held until his retirement in 1935 . On the literary side he was a keen eisteddfodwr ; he assumed the bardic name of Elphin . He wrote two volumes of Welsh verse ( Murmuron Menai and O Fôr i Fynydd ) and a Welsh comedy entitled Y Bardd a'r Cerddor . [With David Edwards ( 1858 - 1916 ) and John Owen Jones ( 1861 - 1899 ) , qq.v. in Appendix, he produced the pseudonymous The Welsh Pulpit: divers notes and opinions. By a Scribe, a Pharisee, and a Lawyer ( 1894 ) — Griffith was the ‘ Lawyer ’]. He also contributed as literary critic to Welsh periodicals such as Y Geninen . He d. at Cardiff 26 Dec. 1936 , and was buried at Llandudno 31 Dec .

Sources:

  • Western Mail ;
  • Aberdare Leader ;
  • Y Faner ;
  • Who's who in Wales , 1920 ;
  • [information from the department of printed books at N.L.W.]

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959