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THOMAS , ROBERT (d. 1774 ), poet, and sexton

of Llanfair Talhaearn, Denbs. N.L.W. 6146 , which is chiefly in his hand, contains one of his poems in free verse entitled ‘ Cywydd y Dylluan ’ (193-8), and a translation by him of a piece of Latin prose ‘ Am y flwyddyn a'i rhannau ’ concerning the Gregorian calendar (187 et seq. ). The parish register of Llanfair Talhaearn for the years 1740-74 is also in his neat hand. Among his more notable friends were Siôn Powel , Dafydd Siôn Prys , and Evan Evans ( Ieuan Brydydd Hir qq.v.) He was buried at Llanfair Talhaearn on 18 Dec. 1774 ; Dafydd Siôn Prys wrote an elegy upon him ( Add. Morris Letters , p. 736).


  • Bishops’transcripts for Llanfair Talhaiarn;
  • NLW MSS 2039, 5477;
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Gwaith Talhaiarn (London, 1855-1862) (London, 1855 ), 16;
  • Y Cymmrodor , x, 53.


Dr David Jenkins, C.B.E., M.A., D.Litt., (1912-2002), Penrhyn-coch, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959