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THOMAS , JOHN ( Eos Gwynedd ; 1742 - 1818 ), poet ;

b. at Bwlchmaenmelyn , a farmhouse in the parish of Cerrigydrudion, Denbs. He m. a daughter of Cernioge Mawr in 1765 . He settled in Pentrefoelas where he kept a shop and farmed . In 1817 he published Annerch Plant a Rhieni oddi ar farwolaeth William Thomas mab Lewis Thomas, Llanrwst . A selection of his works, edited by William Williams ( Gwilym Caledfryn , q.v.) , was published in 1845 under the title of Eos Gwynedd . He wrote carols and hymns . He had a bardic controversy with Thomas Edwards ( Twm o'r Nant , q.v.) on the subject of baptism. He d. 12 Sept. 1818 .

Sources:

  • Parish register of Cerrigydrudion;
  • Eos Gwynedd sef casgliad o ganiadau ar destynau crefyddol, moesol, a difyrol , Llanrwst, 1845 .

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959