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JONES , RICHARD ( Gwyndaf Eryri ; 1785 - 1848 ), poet, farmer, and stone-mason ;

b. at Erw Ystyfflau , Llanwnda, Caerns. , towards the end of 1785 , son of John and Margaret Jones ; he was christened at Llanwnda church 29 Jan. 1786. He d. 21 June 1848 and was buried in Llanbeblig churchyard , Caernarvon . He was a self-educated but highly successful eisteddfodic poet . In 1821 he won the chair at the Caernarvon eisteddfod for an awdl on music, the Gwyneddigion medal at the Llanwrtyd eisteddfod , 1823 , for an awdl on the advantages of education, and several other chief prizes. In 1818 he published a volume of his poetry under the title Peroriaeth Awen .

Sources:

  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , xxiii, 169;
  • Y Geninen , 1883 (55), 1893 (48);
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) .

Author:

Isaac Samuel Lloyd, (1875-1961), Llanrug

Published date: 1959