Prichard was a most versatile man — farmer , land-surveyor , almanac-maker , country physician , country lawyer , writer of prose and verse , sketcher , map-maker , sculptor . He was well-esteemed by the magnates of Anglesey , and was particularly friendly with Paul Panton junior (q.v.) of Plas Gwyn . The only separate publication by him was Hanes Pibau'r Bugeiliaid , but some of his verse appeared in periodicals, while more remains in manuscript. University College , Bangor , has a number of his papers ( Bangor MSS. 47, 538, 1249, 2123-32, 3765-7, 5338 ) — a few diaries, some accounts, medical prescriptions, notes on the family history, copies of letters and of poetry, etc. He was a collector — Bangor has several letters written by Lewis and William Morris (qq.v.) which had somehow come into Prichard 's hands (and Cardiff MS. 81 contains notes on Lewis Morris by him), and he possessed letters by Goronwy Owen . He was himself a diligent correspondent, with a large circle of men of letters: Gwallter Mechain ( N.L.W. MS. 1808, no. 6 ), William Owen Pughe , Richard Llwyd (the author of Beaumaris Bay ), Twm o'r Nant , Dewi Wyn , Robert ap Gwilym Ddu (who was a kinsman of his), Robert Roberts the almanac-maker , etc. But he was not on good terms with Dafydd Ddu Eryri , and he abominated Iolo Morganwg , to whom he attributed all W. O. Pughe 's literary lapses. He also corresponded with Thomas Charles of Bala , and with Robert Jones of Rhos-lan — the lengthy note on William Prichard in Drych yr Amseroedd is based on the son's information. Many of his letters were printed in Y Traethodydd in 1883 and 1884 (see also B.B.C.S. , ix and x). Cywyddau to Prichard , by Dewi Wyn and Robert ap Gwilym Ddu will be found in the printed volumes of their works.
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959