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MADDOCKS (née THOMAS ), ANN ( 1704 - 1727 ), ‘ the Maid of Cefn Ydfa ’.

Born in 1704 (christened 8 May ), daughter of William Thomas of Cefn Ydfa , Llangynwyd, Glam. , and his wife Catherine Price of Tyn-ton , Llangeinor — sister of Rees Price , the father of the philosopher Richard Price ; they were m. 30 March 1703 . William Thomas d. in 1706 (buried 14 May ). According to the story, he had placed his heiress, Ann , in the wardship of Anthony Maddocks , a lawyer of Cwmrisga , who compelled her to marry his own son Anthony ; but William Thomas 's will does not mention the wardship. Ann and Anthony junior did indeed m., 4 May 1725 , and their marriage-contract is extant. She d. in 1727 (buried 6 June ). With the above facts (correctly stated by T. C. Evans , in his Hist. of Llangynwyd ) tradition has interwoven a romantic story, for which no evidence has been discovered; that the ‘Maid’ was in love with the poet Wil Hopcyn — that he composed the verses ‘ Watching the White Wheat ’ to her — and that she died of a broken heart . This story has been fully discussed by G. J. Williams , in Y Llenor , 1927 and 1928 ; see also his Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg , 251-9.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959