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JONES , THOMAS ( Taliesin o Eifion ; 1820 - 1876 ), poet .

Born 13 Sept. 1820 at Llanystumdwy, Caerns. ; son of a member of the band on H.M.S. Victory who was awarded the Trafalgar medal . In 1826 the parents, who gave their son a good education, settled at Llangollen . Taliesin followed the trade of plumber and decorator ; many inn-signs were painted by him . He mastered cynghanedd in his early youth, and his strict-metre poems have proved to be the best-known of his works. He became a leading eisteddfodic figure . His ‘ Brwydr Crogen ’ is a very early example of a Welsh metrical play. He sent in an awdl to the Wrexham national eisteddfod , 1876 , but d. 1 June , and the chair awarded for his poem was ceremonially draped in black on the eisteddfod stage — that is why he is best remembered as ‘ Bardd y Gadair Ddu ’ ( The Bard of the Black Chair ).

Sources:

  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon , 1922 , 214-7.

Author:

Rev. William Evans, (1883-1968), Bridgend

Published date: 1959