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SAUNDERS , WILLIAM ( 1806 - 1851 ), poet and writer ;

b. 17 Jan. 1806 in Gwarcwm , Llanllwni, Carms. , son of Evan Saunders , farmer . After receiving education at the Castellhywel school and at Carmarthen grammar school he was apprenticed as a printer . He worked for Samuel Williams , printer , Aberystwyth , and during that period became prominent as a poet , winning prizes at eisteddfodau held in Carmarthen and elsewhere on such subjects as ‘ Y Gwanwyn ,’ ‘ Yr Haf ,’ ‘ Yr Hydref ,’ ‘ Y Gaeaf ,’ ‘ Y Daran ,’ ‘ Y Môr ,’ as well as metrical translations . From 1830 until he died he worked in the printing and publishing office of William Rees ( 1808 - 1873 ), (q.v.) , Llandovery . Poems and other work by him appear in journals printed by William Rees , e.g. Yr Haul , Y Cylchgrawn , and Yr Efangylydd , he was also responsible for editing part of Rice Rees 's edition of Cannwyll y Cymry , published by William Rees . One manuscript volume of his work is preserved in the Cardiff City Library . He d. 30 June 1851 .

Sources:

  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 541.

Author:

Rev. Canon William Roger Hughes, B.A., (1898-1958), Bryneglwys, Corwen

Published date: 1959