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JONES , DAVID WATKIN ( Dafydd Morganwg , 1832 - 1905 ), poet, historian, and geologist ;

b. at Merthyr Tydfil , 14 Feb. 1832 , he was the son of John Jones , a Cardiganshire man and cousin of Daniel Evans ( Daniel Ddu o Geredigion , 1792 - 1846 , q.v.) . He was at work underground before he was 10, and after declining an offer to be educated for orders in the Church of England , he became, through his own perseverance, an underground fireman by 1859 , and in the same year achieved his first eisteddfodic success. For thirty years he served the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique as coal inspector . He was a successful eisteddfodic competitor , his chief successes being at Machynlleth , 1870 , Llanberis , 1878 , and Cardiff , 1883 . He contributed numerous articles to the Geninen and other magazines, and wrote a large number of the articles in Cymru (O.J.) . In 1874 he published Hanes Morganwg , a history of Glamorgan . His best known work is Yr Ysgol Farddol , a textbook of Welsh prosody, first published in 1869 . He also published a very useful Welsh grammar entitled Yr Ysgol Gymreig . He was the editor of the Welsh poetry column of the Cardiff Times for several years. In 1888 he became the first president of the Cardiff Cymmrodorion Society . He d. 25 April 1905 at Cardiff .

Sources:

  • The Cardiff Times , 29 April 1905 ;
  • Manchester Guardian , 26 April 1905 ;
  • Y Geninen , 1905 , 198-201;
  • Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London , vol. 56, xcv.

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959