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POWEL(L) , RICHARD ( 1769 - 1795 ), poet and schoolmaster , of Ysbyty Ifan, Denbs. ;

b. in Llanegryn , Merioneth . He is probably the Richard (son of Hugh Powell , a weaver , and Jemimah Parry ) whose christening [on a date which is now illegible] is recorded in the parish register. In 1793 , at the Bala eisteddfod of the Gwyneddigion Society he won the medal out of eleven competitors for his ‘ Awdyl ar Dymhorau y Vlwyzyn .’ His ‘ Carol Plygain Ddydd Natolic ’ is to be found in a volume called Difrifol Ystyriaeth , published by John Daniel ( Carmarthen , 1789 ). He was known also as a grammarian . He d. in Oct. 1795 while crossing the mountains from Ffestiniog to Ysbyty Ifan .


  • The Annual Register a record of world events (Harlow) , xxxvii, 1795, 41;
  • Llyfryddiaeth Sir Ddinbych (1935-7, 1951) , part 3.


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959