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MORGAN , WILLIAM (‘ Y Bardd ,’ 1819 - 1878 ), poet , etc.;

b. 3 July 1819 at Cefn-Coed-y-Cymer , near Merthyr Tydfil — his mother was a niece to George Lewis , Llanuwchllyn (q.v.) . The family moved to Aberdare when the children were quite young. The son became prominent in Calvinistic Methodist circles in Aberdare and district. He became friendly with John Roberts ( Ieuan Gwyllt , q.v.) , after the latter had come to Aberdare to edit Y Gwladgarwr , 1858 , and the two men were, in the main, responsible for the ‘cymanfa ganu’ movement which, inaugurated at Aberdare in 1859 , spread soon afterwards to various parts of Wales . He m. Mary , sister of Noah Morgan Jones ( Cymro Gwyllt ). David Williams ( Alaw Goch , q.v.) was his brother-in-law, the husband of his sister Ann . He d. 7 Sept. 1878 , and was buried in Aberdare cemetery.

Sources:

  • Ben Morus , Enwogion Aberdâr , 1910 ;
  • The Aberdare illustrated almanac , 1896 , 45;
  • Y Cylchgrawn , Oct. 1878 and Jan. 1879 ;
  • Y Traethodydd , 1879 , 115-27;
  • Y Geninen (Gŵyl Dewi), 1908 , 54;
  • John Mills , Hanes Bethania, Aberdâr ;
  • NLW MSS 2196-7.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959