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WALTER , ROWLAND ( Ionoron Glan Dwyryd ; 1819 - 1884 ), quarryman and poet .

Born at Cefnfaes , Congl-y-wal , Blaenau Ffestiniog , of parents who had come to the district from Margam, Glam.

He was about 19 when englynion by him appeared in Y Gwladgarwr . In 1852 he published Lloffyn y Gweithiwr, sef Awdlau a Chaneuon ar Wahanol Destynau. In the same year (or the next?) he emigrated to the U.S.A. , to work as a quarryman at Hydeville , Vermont . He continued to write verse and much work by him appeared in Y Cenhadwr Americanaidd and Y Drych. In 1872 was published at Utica , Caniadau Ionoron.

He d. March 1884 at Fairhaven , Vermont . According to Blackwell he was aged 64.

Sources:

  • W. J. Gruffydd , Y Flodeugerdd Gymraeg , 1931
  • ‘Ionoron’ correspondence in the writer's collection
  • Bob Isherwood, 'The bardic chairs of Ionoron Glan Dwyryd', Ninnau The North American Welsh Newspaper , Jan-Feb 2017 p.9

Author:

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

Published date: 1959