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REES , THOMAS (‘ Twm Carnábwth ’; 1806? - 1876 ), pugilist ;

b. at Carnábwth , Mynachlog-ddu, Pembs. He was one of the ‘ Rebecca rioters ,’ but his part in that affair has been greatly exaggerated. He won great fame as a pugilist , but in 1847 , in a fight (when drunk) with a man named Gabriel Davies , he lost one eye . This sobered him, and he became a member of Bethel Baptist church at Mynachlog-ddu . He lived in a house called ‘ Trial ,’ and was found dead there 17 Nov. 1876 ; his tombstone in Bethel graveyard records that he was 70 years old.

Sources:

  • H. Tobit Evans , Rebecca and her Daughters. Being a history of the agrarian disturbances in Wales known as "The Rebecca Riots." , Cardiff, 1910 , 9-13;
  • [and see now David Williams , The Rebecca Riots a Study in Agrarian Discontent , Cardiff, 1955 (Cardiff, 1955 )]

Author:

Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959