He was admitted as ‘ bard ’ in the Abergavenny eisteddfod of 1837 . A constant competitor in local eisteddfodau , he won several prizes for poems and as penillion singer ; he also served as music adjudicator . Amongst his prize poems are ‘ Awdl Gweledigaeth Pedr ’ ( Merthyr , 1836 ) and ‘ Cywydd o glod i Wenynen Gwent ’ ( Merthyr , 1837 ). A selection from his works was published under the title of Cerbyd Awen ( Merthyr Tydfil , 1846 ), whilst thousands of copies were sold, in fairs and taverns, of his ballad — ‘ Ple byddaf mhen can mlynedd? ’ He d., in poverty, 29 May 1878 , and was buried in Cefn cemetery , near Merthyr Tydfil .
Watkin William Price, M.A., (1873-1967), Aberdare
Published date: 1959