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MORRIS , DAVID ( Bardd Einion ; 1797? - 1868 ), poet ;

he is thought to have been b. in 1797 at Tan-y-bryn , Llanfair Caereinion, Mont. , and he may have been the David , son of David and Margaret Morris of the Heniarth district who was christened in the parish church 2 July 1797 . He started life as a weaver but later turned to market gardening . The old name for Tan-y-bryn was ‘ Y Gerddi ’ and there David Morris tended his garden, selling his produce to his neighbours or in the near-by markets. He was well versed in Welsh history and poetry and could recite long poems from memory. He was himself an able writer of englynion and at the Llanfair Caereinion eisteddfod , out of forty competitors, won the prize for an englyn on ‘ The Wind .’ It is said that Gwallter Mechain and Robert Jones ( Bardd Mawddach ) used to correct his earlier efforts. He was buried at Llanfair Caereinion , 14 April 1868 .

Sources:

  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Y Geninen , 1900 , 68;
  • Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 ;
  • Llanfair Caereinion parish register.

Author:

Dr Enid Pierce Roberts, M.A., D.Litt., Bangor

Published date: 1959