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JENKIN , JOHN ( Ioan Siengcin ; 1716 - 1796 ), poet and schoolmaster ;

b. at Cwm Du , Llechryd, Cards. , 1716 , son of Siencyn Thomas (q.v.) . He learned the boot-maker 's craft from his father and followed it at Cardigan until 1754 when he was persuaded by Griffith Jones of Llanddowror to go to Nevern to open a Welsh school . In 1780 this became an English school, but he continued to be its master until at least 1793 . He was taught the art of poetry by his father but was greatly influenced by the Gramadeg of John Roderick (q.v.) . He addressed poems both in the classical and in the free metres, to the gentry and, more particularly, to his patron , Thomas Lloyd of Cwm-gloyn . He visited the Llanidloes eisteddfod , 1772 , and made the arrangements for the Cardigan eisteddfod , 1773 . He knew Ieuan Brydydd Hir ( Evan Evans , 1731 - 1788 , q.v.) and wrote an englyn intended for Lewis Morris 's tombstone. He d. in 1796 and was buried at Llangoedmor .

Sources:

  • NLW MS 19;
  • Cardiff Manuscript 1 (56);
  • Dyddan-gerdd, sef Casgliad o Ganiadau Difyr o Waith Ioan Siencyn , Carmarthen, 1823 , 1823 ;
  • Almanac W. Hywel , Llanidloes, 1773 , 1774 ;
  • Blodau Dyfed , 1824 , 1824 ;
  • Diliau'r Awen, sef, Crynodeb o Waith Awenyddol…Evan Thomas Rhys…ac eraill , 1842 , 1842 ;
  • Griffith Jones (Glan Menai) , Enwogion Sir Aberteifi , 1868 , 1863 ;
  • Benjamin Williams (Gwynionydd) (Gwynionydd), Enwogion Ceredigion , 1869 , 1869 ;
  • Yr Adolygydd iii, 53;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , vii, 173;
  • Y Geninen , x, 78,
  • [ J. Davies , Bywyd a Gwaith Moses Williams, (1685-1742) , 1937 , 44].

Author:

Dr Geraint Bowen, M.A., Ruabon

Published date: 1959