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SAMUEL , DAVID ( Dewi o Geredigion ; 1856 - 1921 ), schoolmaster and writer ;

b. 1 March 1856 at Aberystwyth , the son of Edward Samuel . He was educated at Aberystwyth National school , Aberystwyth grammar school ( Edward Jones ), Llandovery College , University College , Aberystwyth ( 1873 ), and Clare College , Cambridge , which he entered with a mathematical scholarship in Oct. 1875 . He won several prizes and graduated in Jan. 1879 , being placed twentieth wrangler. He became master at Appleby grammar school , Westmorland , and at Ashburn grammar school , Derbyshire . In Jan. 1887 he opened a private grammar school at Aberystwyth , where he taught for nine and a half years, until appointed ( 1896 ) to the headmastership of the new county school ( Ardwyn ) at Aberystwyth .

Under the influence of Daniel Silvan Evans (q.v.) he began to take a keen interest in Welsh language and literature , and contributed extensively to newspapers and periodicals , especially Cymru (O.M.E.) and Y Geninen . (For a list, see N.L.W. MS. 2809 ). He was also interested in theology. He often adjudicated at the national eisteddfod . He edited a collection of Welsh ballads , Cerddi Cymru , with an introduction on ballad-singers and ballad-writers . He d. 26 May 1921 .

Sources:

  • The Cambrian News , 27 May 1921 ;
  • The Welsh Gazette , 2 June 1921 ;
  • NLW MSS 2809-46.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Sir Thomas Herbert Parry-Williams, D.Litt., (1887-1975), Aberystwyth

Corrections and additions:

SAMUEL , DAVID ( DWB , 903).

Read Ashbourn (not ‘Ashburn’).

Author:

Published date: 1959