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THOMAS , JOHN ( 1757 - 1835 ), Penfforddwen , poet , etc.;

b. 1757 at Allt-ddu in the parish of Llannor, Caerns. , and christened 10 July 1757 . He became a weaver , seaman , and schoolmaster ; at one time he served in a customs office in Liverpool . He spent the greater part of his life at Penffordd-wen in the parish of Nantglyn, Denbs. ; he afterwards lived in Llwynbidwal , Bryneglwys , in the same county. He acquired some proficiency in astronomy and prepared some almanacks . He published ( a ) Urania, neu Grefydd Ddadleuon , 1793 — a species of interlude; ( b ) Annerch Ieuengtyd Gymru, yn IV Rhan , 1795 (with two later eds.); ( c ) Telyn Arian, sef Llyfr Barddoniaeth , c. 1800 (and about six subsequent eds.); ( d ) Nabl Arian, sef Llyfr Barddoniaeth , 1827 . He d. at Overton, Flints. , 2 Jan. 1835 , and was buried there.

Sources:

  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon , 1922 ;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , xxx, 201-4 (by T. Llechid Jones );
  • Cambrian Bibliography , Llanidloes, 1869 , 653, 676, 692.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959