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LEWYS , DAFYDD (d. 1727 ), of Llanllawddog, Carms. , a cleric

best known today as the publisher of Flores Poetarum Britannicorum , 1710 , and as the author of Golwg ar y Byd , 1725 . He became vicar of Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, Glam. , 21 Aug. 1718 , and was buried there 21 April 1727 . He was at Llanllawddog in 1710 ; a person of that name was curate of Llanllawddog and Llanpumpsaint in 1715-6 and was ordained priest 1 Nov. 1715 . He was also the author of Bwyd Enaid [ 1723 ], a book of stanzas based on verses from the Bible , and was among those responsible for printing Gemmeu Doethineb by Rhys Prydderch (q.v.) , 1714 , Llythyr at y Cyfryw o'r Byd … , 1716 , and probably Pregeth a Bregethwyd … Mehefin y 7, 1716 … Gan … Gwilim Arglwydd Esgob Ely 1716 . [A hymn by him was included in a booklet printed by Nicholas Thomas , Carmarthen , 1740 , and another of his compositions may be found in Blodeu-gerdd Cymry , 1759 .] N.L.W. MS. 4563 contains the original manuscript of Golwg ar y Byd .

Sources:

  • D. Rhys Phillips , The Hist. of the Vale of Neath , Swansea, 1925 , 1925 , 79-80;
  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg , 1948 , 1948 , 262-3;
  • [ Ifano Jones , A history of printing and printers in Wales to 1810, and of successive and related printers to 1923 , 1925 , 1925 , 42, 47];
  • M.A. thesis on ‘Iaco ap Dewi’ by Garfield Hughes in N.L.W.

Author:

Miss Rhiannon Francis Roberts, M.A., (1923-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959