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WILLIAMS , BENJAMIN ( Gwynionydd ; 1821 - 1891 ), cleric and author ;

b. 24 June 1821 at Seilach in the parish of Penbryn, Cards. He was a cousin to D. Silvan Evans (q.v.) . Originally a Congregationalist , he joined the Established Church . He received some education at Fishguard , and became master of a Madam Bevan school. In 1874 he was ordained deacon , becoming curate to his patron, D. H. Davies , incumbent of Troed-yr-aur ; later he was preferred to the living of Llanover, Mon. He published ( a ) two volumes of poems — Caniadau ( Aberystwyth , 1867 ) and Briallen Glan Ceri ( Carmarthen , 1873 ), ( b ) a short essay on Lewis Glyn Cothi ( Carmarthen , 1866 ), ( c ) Enwogion Ceredigion ( Carmarthen , 1869 ), a biographical work which is still consulted. He also contributed to Y Brython , Yr Haul , and Archaeologia Cambrensis. He was a successful competitor at eisteddfodau , being awarded a prize for ‘ Hanes Castellnewydd-Emlyn ’ (in Cyfansoddiadau Buddugol yn Eisteddfod Castellnewydd-Emlyn , 1860 ), and another at the Aberystwyth eisteddfod , 1865 , for an essay on Cardiganshire traditions. He d. 7 Dec. 1891 .

Sources:

  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 , and sources noted therein.

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959