It is not known when he began preaching — indeed, precise dates of his career are in general hard to come by; but he ministered successively at Pontypridd , Ebbw Vale , Cardiff , Merthyr Tydfil , and Llandudno , returning finally to Ebbw Vale , where he d. in Jan. 1873 , aged 55. His literary activity was considerable: he was editor of Y Bedyddiwr and of Seren Cymru at different times, brought out an enlarged edition of Hanes Prydain Fawr (by Titus Lewis ), published Tiriad y Ffrancodym Mhencaer in 1856 and Gramadeg Cerddorol in 1860 , not to speak of other books. He undertook the resumption of Y Parthsyllydd , a large-scale treatise on geography which had been begun by John Jenkins of Hengoed and Thomas Williams ( Gwilym Morgannwg ) , but failed to complete it (it was completed in 1875 by J. Spinther James ).
Two bardic chairs fell to him — at Denbigh National Eisteddfod ( 1860 ) and at a regional eisteddfod in Anglesey ( 1871 ) — and he published in 1871 a collection of awdlau submitted unsuccessfully at other eisteddfodau. But his name lives today solely on account of his poem ‘ Bedd y Dyn Tylawd ’ (‘the Poor Man's Grave’). He was given the honorary degree of LL.D. by Glasgow University in 1863 .
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959