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REES , EVAN ( Dyfed ; 1850 - 1923 ), Calvinistic Methodist minister, poet, and archdruid of Wales ; b. 1 Jan. 1850 at Puncheston, Pembs. ; son of James and Eunice Rees . He removed with his parents to Aberdare when but a child and was employed when 8 years of age at Blaen-gwawr colliery . He removed to Cardiff when 23 years of age, and entered the ministry at Scion C.M. church (afterwards Pembroke Terrace ), Cardiff . He succeeded as a poet early in life, and was successful in provincial and national eisteddfodau, e.g. Merthyr Tydfil national eisteddfod , 1881 , for an awdl on ‘ Cariad ’; Liverpool , 1884 , for an awdl on Gwilym Hiraethog ; Brecon , 1889 , for an awdl on ‘ Y Beibl Cymraeg ’; Merthyr Tydfil , 1901 , for an awdl on ‘ Y Diwygiwr ’; and the international eisteddfod at Chicago , 1893 , for an awdl on ‘ Iesu o Nazareth ’. He was appointed adjudicator at the national eisteddfod every year during the last forty years of his life, and was archdruid for twenty-one years. He travelled extensively in Europe , South Africa , parts of Asia , and North America , and became renowned as a lecturer . He was editor of Y Drysorfa , 1918-23 . He published Caniadau Dyfedfab , Gwaith Barddonol Dyfed , Gwlad yr Addewid a Iesu o Nazareth , Oriau gydag Islwyn . He d. 19 March 1923 . Jonathan Rees (q.v.) was his brother.

Bibliography:

  • Y Goleuad , March 1923 ;
  • Y Drysorfa , April 1923 ;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Rev. James Ednyfed Rhys, (1876-1960), Cardiff