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THOMAS , WILLIAM ( 1790 - 1861 ), poet ;

b. at Amlwch in 1790 . His parents moved to Bodedern while he was young and he attended the services held by the Wesleyans there. He joined them and preached with them for a short period, being the first Wesleyan preacher to be raised in Anglesey . He was a saddler by trade. He moved to Aberffraw in 1814 and to Holyhead in 1830 . In 1842 he published Ffrwyth Myfyrdodol ( Caernarvon ), a volume of hymns. In 1860 he prepared another book, but he had died before it was published in 1862 under the title Ehediad y Meddwl ( Caernarvon ), a volume of poems, hymns, and elegies with a short biography of the author by the Rev. W. H. Evans . One of his hymns is included in the editions of the Wesleyan hymn book , published during the last century and early this century. He d. 8 Sept. 1861 .

Sources:

  • NLW MS 9274 (409);
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908 , 274;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , 1904 , 238;
  • J. D. Davies , Emynwyr Gwynedd traethawd buddugol yn Eisteddfod y Bala, Llungwyn, 1904 , Bala, 1905 , 73;
  • Evan Isaac , Prif Emynwyr Cymru , 1925 , 270;
  • Hanes Wesleyaeth Gymreig , 1911–3 ., iii, 1315;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , 1861 , liii, 360;
  • R. Hughes , Enwogion Môn, 1850–1912 , 1913 , 193-5;
  • R. Môn Williams , Enwogion Môn / Anglesey worthies , 1770 , 125-6.

Author:

Miss Nansi Ceridwen Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959