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THOMAS , DAVID (d. 1735 ), poet .

Edward Evan (q.v.) says that he was a native of Cardiganshire , and that he came to Glamorgan in 1727 when, according to Iolo Morganwg , he was between 12 and 15 years of age. He settled in Betws Tir Iarll , where he became a member of Rees Price (see under Price , Richard ) of Tyn-ton 's congregation. About 1730 he began to write poetry under the guidance of John Bradford (q.v.) , and in 1734 Bradford mentions him as one of the ‘ grammarians ’ of Glamorgan . But before that date he had married (unfortunately, says Edward Evan ) and moved to the parish of Ystrad Dyfodwg , where he set up house in Pandy'r Ystrad ; there he d. in 1735 . Some of his englynion are included in Lewis Hopkin 's (q.v.) book, Y Fêl Gafod . He also left a translation in the cywydd form of the first chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes which led to the translation, in 1767 , of the entire book by Lewis Hopkin and Edward Evan ( Llyfryddiaeth y Cymry , 497).


  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg (1948) — more particularly 228, 244-5. 279, but see also the introduction.


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

Published date: 1959