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PARRY , THOMAS ( Llanerchydd ; c. 1809 - 1874 ), poet ;

son of Richard and Margaret Parry of Llannerch-y-medd , Anglesey , and a brother to Richard Parry ( Gwalchmai , q.v.) . He was a saddler by trade, and played a prominent part in the social and cultural life of Llannerch-y-medd . He was also deacon and secretary of the Congregational chapel in the village for many years. But it is as a poet that he is chiefly remembered. After winning his first prize at Llannerch-y-medd eisteddfod in 1835 for an elegy, he won many further successes during the next twenty years at eisteddfodau in London , Abergavenny , Merthyr Tydfil , Rhuddlan , and other centres. After a short illness, Llanerchydd d. on 11 Nov. 1874 , at the age of 65, leaving a widow and a daughter, and was buried at Llannerch-y-medd .


  • Richard Parry (Gwalchmai) , Enwogion Môn (1877) 115 16;
  • Yr Herald Cymraeg (a'r Genedl) , 20 Nov. 1874 ;
  • Seren Gomer , 1835 , 215-6;
  • Y Geninen , xxii, 62g, xxiv, 34, xxvii, 21g, xxviii, 29g.


Hywel David Emanuel, M.A., (1921-70), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959