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JONES , THOMAS ( Y Bardd Cloff ; 1768 - 1828 ), poet ,

b. (probably) in Llandysilio, Denbs. At the age of 12 he went to work in the Long Acre ( London ) counting-house of a Mathew Davies [a Cardiganshire man, and a Cymmrodor ]. His literary interest was chiefly in Welsh poetry. He became a member of the Society of Gwyneddigion in 1789 , and shortly afterwards became its recorder . An awdl composed by him in praise of the Society was published in 1799 , another on S. David's Day in 1802 , and a volume of his poetry was published in 1828 . He was given complete charge of his employer's business in 1803 , and in 1813 he became co-partner . He became treasurer of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion when it was re-formed in 1820 , and was awarded a gold medal for the best pryddest composed on the occasion. He became president of the Society of Gwyneddigion for the third time in 1821 , and received a silver medal on the occasion of its jubilee. As a poet he was also successful in various eisteddfodau held in Wales . When he d., 19 Feb. 1828 , the Cymmrodorion 's silver medal was awarded to Robert Davies ( Bardd Nantglyn , q.v.) for the best elegy composed in his memory.


  • T. Jones , At Gymdeithas y Gwyneddigion yr awdl hon i'ch Gwledd Flunyddawl (London, 1799) , 1799 ;
  • id., Awdl ar Ddydd Gwyl Dewi Sant (1802) , 1802 ;
  • id., Barddoniaeth, sef Awdlau, Cerddi, ac Englynion (Liverpool, 1828) , 1828 ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852) ;
  • H. Ellis Hughes , Eminent Men of Denbighshire. Their contribution to the story of Denbigshire and of Wales (Liverpool, 1946) , 185;
  • Leathart , Origin and Progress of the Gwyneddigion Society of London (1831) , 1831 , 23, 73;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) (1908)


Ray Looker, (Mrs Ray Morgan), Cardiff / Rhymni

Published date: 1959