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GRIFFITH , OWEN ( Giraldus , 1832 - 1896 ), Baptist minister, editor and author ;

b. at Tyn-y-braich , Garn Dolbenmaen, Caerns. He was educated in the old school at Dolbenmaen by Owen Griffith , was a member of the Baptist church at Horeb , and was baptized when he was 13 years old. Soon afterwards he was apprenticed as a ship-carpenter at Portmadoc ; he was employed in the shipbuilding yard until 1862 , and joined the Ynys Galch Baptist church . He entered the ministry and proceeded to Haverfordwest Baptist College . He ministered in the Baptist church of Risca, Mon. , whence he removed to Abergele Baptist church . From Abergele he emigrated to the U.S.A. Before he left Wales he contributed several poems to Y Greal , and during his life in America he also became prominent amongst the Welshmen there, and contributed articles to the American-Welsh periodicals and newspapers .

In 1875 he began to publish a monthly periodical, called Y Wawr Americanaidd which he edited until he d. in 1896 ; this journal catered for the Welsh Baptist cause in the U.S.A. An English edition was subsequently published, under the name of The Daylight , for the use of English -speaking Welsh-Americans .

Giraldus published: Above and Around, containing Religious Discourses and Germs, Together with Observations on Men and things in Wales and America ( Utica , 1872 ), with a 2nd ed. ( 1877 ); Naw Mis yn Nghymru ( Utica , 1884 ); Y Ddwy Ordinhad Gristionogolyn eu Gwraidd a'u Dadblygiad ( Utica , 1891 ). He d. 14 May 1896 in his sixty-third year.


  • Y Wawr sef cylchgrawn misol y Bedyddwyr Cymreig yn America (Utica) ;
  • The Daylight ;
  • Eryri Jones , Hanes y Garn a'i thrigolion yn y gorphenol sylwedd dau draethawd cyd-fuddugol yn Nghylchwyl Lenyddol Horeb, 1902 (c.1904) c. 1902 ;
  • ‘Cymry America’ in Frimston Manuscripts ;
  • Y Greal sef Cylchgrawn Misol at wasanaeth y Bedyddwyr ;
  • Y Drych newyddiadur cenedlaethol Cymry America , 1931 .


Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959