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HARRI or HARRY , WILLIAM ( Gwilym Garw-dyle , 1763 - 1844 ), poet ;

b. 18 Dec. 1763 at Garw-dyle in Penderyn , Brecknock , a grandson, it is said, of the poet Siôn Llewelyn of Vaynor (q.v.) . He was a weaver , as were his brothers Siôn Harri of Vaynor and Edward Harri (q.v.) of Cefn-Coed-y-Cymer . After farming unsuccessfully at Llwyn-onn , Penderyn , he spent the greater part of his life at Pontbrenllwyd ; he had nine children. He d. 11 July 1844 in the house of one of his sons, at Dowlais , in his eighty-second year. He wrote satirical and religious verse; he was a Unitarian . He published two volumes, Yr Awen Resymol , 1828 , and Nodd Awen , 1835 .

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 , 102-5;
  • Y Geninen , 1900 , 211.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959