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JONES , DAVID ( 1732 - 1782? ), ‘ Dafydd Brydydd Hir ,’ ‘ Dafydd Siôn Pirs ,’ poet, tailor, and schoolmaster ;

chr. 29 Oct. 1732 , son of John Pierce and his wife Anne who kept the ‘Harp’ inn at Llanfair-talhaearn, Denbs. The poet Talhaiarn (q.v.) quotes David Jones 's self-portrait: ‘ long, lanky, hirsute, and thirsty .’ He was the boon-companion of Ieuan Fardd (q.v.) when Ieuan was curate of Llanfair ; other cronies of his were Robert Thomas and John Powel (qq.v.) — according to Add. Morris Letters (p. 736) he wrote an elegy upon the latter. J.H. Davies gives a list of printed ballads by him ( Bibl. of Welsh Ballads , 85, 676, 684, 721); the most famous of these was his song in praise of the harp. Some of his work appeared in Cyfaill y Cymro , 1767 . It is believed that he d. c. 1782 .


  • Gwaith Talhaiarn (London, 1855-1862) , i, 14, 16-20;
  • Williams , Awduron Sir Ddinbych a'u gweithiau (1937) , 68;
  • Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales (indexed);
  • NLW MS 672.


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

Published date: 1959