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ROBERTS , WILLIAM ( Gwilym Eryri ; 1844 - 1895? ), poet and editor ;

b. 22 March 1844 at Portmadoc, Caerns. , the son of David and Catherine Roberts . He is said to have been a sailmaker . He won in many poetical competitions at eisteddfodau — mostly local, but also including the national eisteddfod held at Caernarvon in 1877 . In 1879 he edited a volume of verse entitled Lloffion y Flwyddyn , which had appeared in the bardic column of the Herald Gymraeg , and in the 1880s a volume of the works of Mary Davies ( 1846 - 1882 ) (q.v.) , the Portmadoc poetess , under the title Blodeu Eifion, sef Gwaith Barddonol Mair Eifion . Three of his own poems, which he had submitted in the competition for the chair at the national eisteddfod in 1884 , 1887 , and 1894 respectively, were published, viz., Awdl ar Gwilym Hiraethog , 1884 ; Y Frenhines Victoria , 1887 ; and Hunan Aberth , 1894 . Other poems appear in manuscript in N.L.W. MSS. 2126 and 6679 .

Sources:

  • Edward Davies , Hanes Porthmadog , 1913 , 133-5.

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959