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LEWIS , GEORGE ( Eiddil Llwyn Celyn ; 1826? - 1858 ), poet and shoemaker ;

b. in a small cottage in the mountainous part of Carmarthenshire , the son of an agricultural labourer with a large family. He received very little education, but like many other young men of the period took a great interest in Welsh poetry . He came to Heolyfelin ( Trecynon , Aberdare ) with his family, pursued his trade of shoemaking , and in his spare time competed at local eisteddfodau . He won a prize of one guinea at the ‘Carw Coch eisteddfod’ (Stag Inn) (see Gardd Aberdar , 1854 ), and other prizes at Blaenau Gwent and Llanilltud Fardre . He d. at the early age of 32, leaving a widow and nine little girls. His brother, William Lewis ( Cawr Dar ), and Carw Coch (q.v.) published a booklet of his compositions, Telyn y Gweithiwr — caneuon, pryddestau, ac englynion — moesol a dyddorol, etc. — Dros ei Weddw a'i amddifaid galarus , 1859 .


Watkin William Price, M.A., (1873-1967), Aberdare

Published date: 1959