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JONES , LEWIS DAVIES ( Llew Tegid ; 1851 - 1928 ), eisteddfodwr ;

b. at Ffriddgymen , near Bala , 3 Nov. 1851 . He went to the British School at Bala in 1862 , and after a period as pupil-teacher entered the Bangor Normal College in Jan. 1872 . He spent two years there, and after eighteen months’ teaching at Cefnfaes school , Bethesda , he was appointed headmaster of Garth school , Bangor , in June 1875 . He held this post for twenty-seven years, relinquishing it at the request of the college authorities in order to collect funds for the new buildings of the University College of North Wales , Bangor . He gave himself to this work till 1916 . In 1881 he m. Elizabeth , daughter of John Thomas , Plas Madog , Parc , near Bala , and a cousin of T. E. Ellis (q.v.) ; they had two sons and three daughters. He d. at Bangor , 4 Aug. 1928 , and was buried in Glanadda cemetery.

Llew Tegid produced a considerable amount of literary work, and co-operated with John Lloyd Williams (d. 1943 ) in the work of the Welsh Folk-Song Society . He wrote Welsh words for many of the folk-songs which came to light. But he is best remembered as an eisteddfod conductor . He first appeared in this capacity at a national eisteddfod at Bangor in 1902 , and with one exception ( 1905 ) continued to do so every year till 1925 . He had an exceptional gift of managing a large crowd: his voice was clear and penetrating, he had a fund of ready wit, and considerable personal charm.

Sources:

  • W. E. Penllyn Jones , Bywgraffiad Llew Tegid, gyda detholiad o'i weithiau , Wrexham, 1931 ;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959