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MORRIS , RICHARD ROBERTS ( 1852 - 1935 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, and poet ;

son of William and Mary Morris of Rhyd-ddu, Caerns. ; b. 20 June 1852 at Cae'r-gors , in the parish of Beddgelert , where he was brought up in his grand-father's home until he reached the age of 13. He was christened by Emrys ( William Ambrose , q.v.) . When he was 21 years of age he was elected an elder at Rhyd-ddu , and in 1876 he was persuaded to enter the ministry. After a preliminary training at Clynnog and Holt , he went to Bala C.M. College in 1878 . In 1882 he m. Katherine , daughter of the Rev. David Morris of Caeathro , by whom he had four children. In 1883 he was ordained at Mold . He was minister of Siloh chapel , Caernarvon ( 1881-93 ) and of the Tabernacle , Blaenau Ffestiniog ( 1893-1924 ). Writing poetry had interested him from his early days and he had won chairs at several eisteddfodau — among others, Corwen ( 1889 ), Dolgelley ( 1893 ), and the Wrexham Young Men's eisteddfod ( 1894 ). He was adjudged second best in the competition for the crown at the Llanelly national eisteddfod ( 1895 ) when the subject was ‘ John the Beloved Disciple ’; and his pryddest was published the same year at Caernarvon . Several of his hymns are to be found in Cân a Moliant ( H. Haydn Jones ) and one — ‘ Yspryd byw y deffroadau ’ — has become a national treasure. Alafon (q.v.) , Glan Llyfnwy , and he were great friends. He retired from the ministry in 1924 and went to live at Plas-y-coed , Betws Garmon , but continued to preach to within two years of his death. He d. 24 Aug. 1935 and was buried in Caeathro cemetery.

Sources:

  • Personal recollections.

Author:

Rev. William Morris, M.A., O.B.E., (1889-1979), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959