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HARRI , EDWARD ( 1752? - 1837 ), poet and weaver ;

b. in Penderyn , Brecknock , but moved early in life to Cefn-Coed-y-Cymer . At the time of his death, 20 Aug. 1837 , at the age of eighty-five, he had been a member of Hen-Dŷ-Cwrdd Unitarian church , Cefn-Coed-y-Cymer , for 60 years. He had been m. for 50 years; four children survived him. At one period the church paid him ‘ Charity to Edward Harri 1/- ‘. The following item also appears in the church books — ‘ July 22, 1827 , Edward Harri , weaver , and his wife have been restored and partook of the Lord's Supper .’ He composed several poems, but only two appear to have survived: ‘ Galargan ar ol ei wraig ’ and ‘ Cynghorion idd ei ŵyr .’ He was a brother of William Harri (q.v.) , of Garw-dyle , Penderyn .

Sources:

  • W. Morgan , The Illustrated Vaynor handbook containing photographic views of Vaynor, Cefn Coed, Pontsarn and Morlais Castle, with the history and folk-lore of the parish , 1893 , 1893 ;
  • T. Lewis , The History of the Hen Dy Cwrdd Cefn Coed y Cymmer . [1947.] , 1947 .

Author:

Watkin William Price, M.A., (1873-1967), Aberdare

Published date: 1959