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MORGAN , WILLIAM ( Gwilym Gelli-deg ; 1808 - 1878 ), poet ;

b. at Carmarthen , but spent the greater part of his life in the hamlet of Gelli-deg , near Merthyr Tydfil . He worked as a miner in Rhymney , Dowlais , and Cyfarthfa .

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 .

Sources:

  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , 1907 , 239;
  • G. Penar Griffith , Blodau Cudd ar Faes Awen , Dolgellau, 1906 ;
  • Y Gwron , 18 June 1859 ;
  • Seren Gomer , Sept. 1850 ;
  • The Principality , 9 June 1848 ;
  • Tarian y Gweithiwr , Aberdâr , 7 June 1878 ;
  • NLW MSS 2196-7;
  • Ben Morus , Enwogion Aberdâr , 1910 .

Author:

Watkin William Price, M.A., (1873-1967), Aberdare

Published date: 1959