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RICHARDS , DAVID MORGAN ( 1853 - 1913 ), journalist and eisteddfodwr ;

b. 25 July 1853 near Llan-nonn, Cards. ; he was at a grammar school at Aberystwyth , and afterwards became a teacher at Llwyncelyn British school , near Aberaeron .In 1872 he joined the clerical staff of the Pontypool-Hirwaun railway , but in 1886 settled down at Aberdare as representative, first, of the Merthyr Express , and afterwards of the South Wales Daily News . He rendered much service to the town, and especially to its Welsh cultural movements; he published an annual almanac which contained much information on the history of Aberdare . But he is best remembered for his Rhestr Eisteddfodau , a list of eisteddfodau down to 1901 , which was published posthumously in 1914 , with a biographical introduction by J. Morgan Jones , on which the present note is based. The book is very useful: down to 1823 it has bibliographical references, and additional notes down to 1860 ; it also includes an essay on the old eisteddfodau held at Aberdare . Richards d. 2 June 1913 .


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

Published date: 1959