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GRIFFITH , DAVID ( Clwydfardd ; 1800 - 1894 ), eisteddfodic bard and arch-druid ; b. in Vale Street , Denbigh , 29 Nov. 1800 . Like his father, Richard Griffith , he was a watch- and clock-maker by trade. He was a powerful man physically and, as a Wesleyan lay preacher , ( 1827-94 ), frequently walked thirty miles to keep his Sunday engagements — at the age of eighty-four he walked to the top of Snowdon and back. He says: ‘I was appointed Arch-druid … in 1860 ; but it was at Wrexham eisteddfod in the year 1876 that I was licensed as Archdruid of the Gorsedd … of the Bards of the Isle of Britain ’ ( Yr Eurgrawn , 1895 , 127). From 1860 to 1894 he only missed one ( Carmarthen ) of these eisteddfodau. He began his long career as an adjudicator at a local eisteddfod ( Llan-nerch-y-medd , 1835 ) and he was the official bard of the Aberffraw eisteddfod in 1849 . He competed against Bardd Nantglyn ( Robert Davies , 1769 - 1835 , q.v.) on many occasions and was awarded a silver medal as early as 1827 for a translation of Goldsmith 's ‘ Deserted Village ,’ and composed the englynion which appear on the tombstone of Owen Williams of Waun-fawr ( 1790 - 1874 ) (q.v.) . In 1890 the government made him an award of £200. He d. 30 Oct. 1894 .

Bibliography:

  • Y Geninen , 1895 , 86, 164, 260;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , Dec. 1844 , April 1895 ;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1893-4 , 478-9.

Author:

Rev. Daniel Williams, (1878-1968), Llangollen