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LEWIS , RICHARD MORRIS ( 1847 - 1918 ), scholar and littérateur ;

b. 1847 at Forest Arms , Brechfa, Carms. , son of John and Leisa Lewis . He became principal clerk in H.M. Inland Revenue offices , Swansea . Translations by him appear in Welsh hymnaries; he also made metrical renderings in Welsh of passages from Homer 's ‘ Iliad .’ Perhaps his most important contribution is his translation of Gray 's Elegy . He d. 20 Sept. 1918 , and was buried in Brechfa churchyard. Some of his MSS. are in the N.L.W. ( N.L.W. MSS. 2249-50 ).

Sources:

  • T. Gwynn Jones (ed.), Iliad Homer Cyfieithiadau gan R. Morris Lewis , Wrexham, 1928 (Wrexham, 1928 );
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , May 1926, 143 ;
  • Yr Efrydydd , Bangor , Aug. 1933.

Author:

Rev. Professor John Oliver Stephens, M.A., B.D., (1880-1957), Carmarthen

Published date: 1959