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OWEN , MARY ( 1796 - 1875 ), hymn-writer ;

b. at Ynys-y-Mardy , Briton Ferry, Glam. [daughter of Daniel and Mary Rees ]. Her father was a deacon in Maes-yr-haf chapel , Neath . Religious meetings were held in her home and she began to write hymns . She was persuaded by William Williams ( Caledfryn , q.v.) to publish a selection [ Hymnau ar Amryw Destunau ] ( 1839 ) [reprinted 1840 , 1841 , 1842 ]. Among the hundred or more which she wrote are those beginning ‘ Caed modd i faddau beiau ’ and ‘ Dyma gariad, pwy a'i traetha .’ She m. (1) Thomas Davies , sea captain , Neath , and (2) the Rev. Robert Owen (d. 1857 ). She received a licence to keep a school . She d. 26 May 1875 , and was buried at Briton Ferry .

Sources:

  • D. Davies , Rhyd-y-Brython. History of Briton Ferry , Port Talbot, 1933 ;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908 ;
  • D. Rhys Phillips , The Hist. of the Vale of Neath , Swansea, 1925 ;
  • [information from Rev. Gomer M. Roberts ].

Author:

Rev. Thomas Mardy Rees, (1871-1953), Neath

Corrections and additions:

OWEN , MARY ( DWB , 716).

B. at Ynys-y-maerdy , daughter of David and Mary Rees .

Author:

Published date: 1959