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MORGAN , GRIFFITH (‘ Guto Nyth-brân ’; 1700 - 1737 ), a fabulous cross-country runner ,

of Llanwynno, Glam. The few definite facts known of him, together with a mass of fable, will be found in the entertaining book Plwy Llanwynno , by William Glanffrwd Thomas (q.v.) . He is there said to have been b. in 1700 at Llwyncelyn , on the southern edge of Llanwynno , above Hafod (near Pontypridd ), but his family soon moved to the adjoining Nyth-brân . He d. in 1737 — dropping dead after covering the twelve miles from Newport, Mon. , to Bedwas church in fifty-three minutes. There is a memorial on his grave at Llanwynno .


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

Published date: 1959