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THOMAS , FRANCIS ( Crythwr Dall o Geredigion ; 1726 - 1796 ) ;

b. at Llanwenog, Cards. When 5 years old he lost his sight , but despite this handicap he became a proficient violinist and used to earn his living by playing at parties and other functions. He was also a good poet and was taught the poetic art by David Lloyd , Brynllefrith ( 1724 - 1779 ) (q.v.) ; Siôn Llwyd , grandfather of D. Lloyd Isaac (q.v.) , acted as his scribe. He wrote in both English and Welsh , and two of his poems — ‘ Cynghor i Fab Ieuanc ’ and ‘ Hanes Cyflwr Dyn yn mhob rhan o'i oes ’ — appeared in John Howell 's ( Ioan Howell ) Blodau Dyfed , 1824 . He d. at Llanwenog , 4 March 1796 .

Sources:

  • Benjamin Williams (Gwynionydd) , Enwogion Ceredigion , 1869 ;
  • Griffith Jones (Glan Menai) , Enwogion Sir Aberteifi , 1868 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 .

Author:

Thomas Isfryn Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959