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THOMAS , EVAN (d. 1781 ), of Cwmhwylfod , Sarnau , near Bala , transcriber and owner of manuscripts .

It was a manuscript transcribed by him (now N.L.W. MS. 686 ) that E. Stanton Roberts edited and published under the title Llysieulyfr Meddyginiaethol a briodolir i William Salesbury ( Liverpool , 1916 ). Evan Thomas also owned Cwrt Mawr MS. l , N.L.W. MS. 642 and (a fact not then known to E. Stanton Roberts ) N.L.W. MS. 4581 . The latter is a copy made by Roger Morris (q.v.) , Coed y Talwrn , Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd , of the Welsh herbal attributed to Salesbury , his friend and contemporary. He is probably the ‘ Evan Thomas of Penmaen Township,’ whose death, on 12 Jan. 1781 , is recorded in the Llanfor parish register.


  • Megan Ellis , ‘Evan Thomas,’in The National Library of Wales Journal , i, 111, supplementing information given by E. Stanton Roberts .


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959