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REES , DANIEL ( 1855 - 1931 ), journalist ;

b. in Pembrokeshire , 1855 ; educated at Brynconin grammar school and Owens College , Manchester . He began his journalistic career at Warrington and was afterwards on the staff of The Chester Chronicle at Crewe . The next move was to Caernarvon as managing editor of the Herald series of newspapers; there he remained until 1907 , when he was appointed to a position in the statistical department of the Board of Trade . He retired about 1922 . While at Caernarvon as editor of The Caernarvon and Denbigh Herald and Yr Herald Cymraeg he made his mark as a Liberal publicist with an independent outlook and a trenchant pen. His papers supported the quarrymen during the protracted Penrhyn strike and opposed the South African War . He was an accomplished linguist and had made a special study of Dante 's work. His translation of the Divina Commedia into Welsh , Dwyfol Gân Dante , was published in 1903 . In the same year was published a drama, Dante and Beatrice , on which he and T. Gwynn Jones , who was at that time on the Herald staff, had collaborated. He d. at St. Mary's Cray , Kent , 8 Nov. 1931 , and was buried at S. Paul's Cray .

Sources:

  • Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald , 1832 ff , 13 Nov. 1931 ;
  • T. Gwynn Jones , Cymeriadau , Wrecsam, 1933 , 119-27.

Author:

Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959