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MORRIS , DAVID ( Eiddil Gwent ; c. 1798 - 1878 ), author ;

b. about 1798 . He was a cobbler by trade and spent the greater part of his life at Tredegar . He wrote a great deal of poetry and prose and was one of the leading members of the Abergavenny Cymreigyddion . His poems were popular and some of his songs or ballads are sung to this day, e.g., the one commencing ‘ Can mlynedd i nawr .’ At the Tredegar Cymmrodorion eisteddfod , 1862 , he was successful with his History of Tredegar , which was published in 1868 . He spent the last years of his life as an inmate of the workhouse at Tredegar . He d. when he was about 80 years old.


  • William Williams , Cân, Llên, a Gwerin sef cynhyrchion y diweddar Myfyr Wyn (Aberdâr, 1908) ;
  • Powell , History of Tredegar subject of competition at Tredegar 'Chair Eisteddfod', held February the 25th, 1884 (Newport, 1902) , 1902 ;
  • Morris , Hanes Tredegar o ddechreuad y gwaith haiarn hyd yr amser presenol (Tredegar, 1868) , 1868 .


Thomas Isfryn Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959