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ROBERTS , DAVID ( Dewi Havhesp ; 1831 - 1884 ), poet ; b. in May 1831 at [ Penrhos , but the family removed in a few weeks to] Pen'singrug , Llanfor, Mer. — the stream after which he took his bardic name flows through Llanfor hamlet. He was the eldest of the eleven children of Robert and Margaret Roberts ; the mother was grand-daughter of the hymnist William Edwards ( 1773 - 1853 ) (q.v.) , and was thus related to the poet Robert William(s) ( 1744 - 1815 ) (q.v.) of Pandy . Dewi was a tailor ; his life was irregular and he was often destitute. He lived for a while at Cefnddwysarn , but afterwards mostly at Llandderfel ; he d. [in the workhouse at Bala ] 27 Aug. 1884 , and was buried at Llandderfel . He published, in 1876 , a small volume, Oriau'r Awen , which has run into three editions — the last in 1927 . Very competent judges have deemed him one of the best composers of englynion .

Bibliography:

  • The prefaces to the various editions of his book;
  • Anthropos ( Robert David Rowland ) in Y Geninen , March 1896 , 52;
  • [details furnished by Mr. Evan Roberts , Llandderfel].

Author:

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