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THOMAS , THOMAS EMLYN ( Taliesin Craig-y-felin ; 1822 - 1846 ), Unitarian minister, poet, and schoolmaster ;

b. Nov. 1822 at Pen-y-graig ( Pengraigwnda ), in the parish of Penbryn, Cards. , son of David and Elizabeth Thomas . He was educated at a school which the rector maintained at his own expense at Troedyraur , at Ffrwd-y-fâl , and at Carmarthen Academy ( 1839-43 ). In 1843 he was ordained minister of the Unitarian churches at Cribin and Ciliau Aeron (see Seren Gomer , 1843 , 275) and while he was there kept a school at Cribin . Some time before 1842 he edited a hand-written magazine called ‘ Goleuni Glan Ceri ’ ( Gen. , 1901 , 71, 159). He contributed poems and articles of various kinds to Seren Gomer , 1842-6 ; some of his more important essays were ‘ Awen ,’ ‘ Orgraph y Gymraeg ,’ ‘ Cofiant Mr. Rees Jones (Amnon) ,’ ‘ Ofergoeledd Cenedl y Cymry .’ In ‘ Ein Hiawnderau ’ he called for the appointment of judges who could understand Welsh to try cases in the Welsh courts. He won the prize for the best englyn in the Abergavenny eisteddfod , 1845 . He d. 21 April 1846 , and was buried at Troedyraur .

Sources:

  • Yr Ymofynnydd , Dec. 1901 ;
  • The Unitarian Students at the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen … 1796–1901 (1901) , 1796-1901 ;
  • David Evans , Welsh Unitarians as Schoolmasters (Llandysul, 1904) .

Author:

Reverend David Jacob Davies, (1916-74), Aberdare / Alltyblaca, Llanybydder

Published date: 1959