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POWELL , WILLIAM ( Gwilym Pennant ; 1830 - 1902 ), poet ;

b. Aug. 1830 at Tai Duon , Dolbenmaen, Caerns. , son of Ellis and Catrin Powell . Until 17 April 1852 , when he went to London , he was employed in the slate quarries at Llanberis . He wrote all kinds of poetry and his works were published in Y Faner , Yr Herald , and other periodicals. In London he was employed as a stonecutter and polisher . He was a keen competitor at eisteddfodau and among his many successes were silver medals at the national eisteddfod, Llandudno , 1864 , the Swansea eisteddfod , 1863 , and at the Llangefni eisteddfod . He was fifth for the chair at the Merthyr eisteddfod , 1888 . He m. (1), Mary Theodore , Llanfair Caereinion , by whom he had five children, and (2), 1895 , a Miss Jones of Westminster . He d. 16 July 1902 , and was buried in London .

Sources:

  • Kelt Llundain / London Kelt , July, 1903 ;
  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1902 ;
  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon , 1922 .

Author:

Thomas Isfryn Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959