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THOMAS , EVAN ( Bardd Horeb ; 1795 - 1867 ), poet and tailor .

Evan Thomas was the eldest son of Benjamin Thomas of Llandysul, who was the 8th son of Thomas Francis of Melin Pant Olwen on the banks of the river Cerdin and his wife (the daughter of the poet Ifan Tomos Rhys of Llanarth). He m. Margaret Charles , daughter of H. Charles of Cwrt Manarorion , Llangeler , and grand-daughter of Jenkin Jones of Llwyn-rhyd-Owen . Although he lived for a time at Brecon he is generally associated with Horeb , Llandysul .

He was greatly influenced by the provincial eisteddfod and by Daniel Evans ( Daniel Ddu o Geredigion ) . His poetry in both the classical and ‘free’ metres was edited by Evan Pan Jones and published at Lampeter in 1875 under the title Telyn Ifan . He d. 2 Oct. 1867 , ‘at the age of 72’; he and his wife were buried at Llandysul .


  • Y Geninen , 1900 , 136;
  • D. J. Davies , Hanes, Hynafiaethau, ac Achyddiaeth Llanarth, Henfynyw, Llanllwchaiarn, a Llandyssilio-gogo (1875) , 90;
  • W. J. Davies , Hanes Plwyf Llandyssul (1896) , 192-4.


Dr Geraint Bowen, M.A., Ruabon

Published date: 1959