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WILLIAMS , RICHARD HUGHES ( Dic Tryfan ; 1878? - 1919 ), journalist and short story writer ;

b. at Rhosgadfan, Caerns. , c. 1878 . The son of a quarryman , he, too, worked in the quarry as a boy, later becoming a pupil at J. Lewis Jones 's private school at Caernarvon . On leaving school he became a clerk in the office of Y Genedl , and later followed various occupations, including journalistic work in England , returning to Caernarvon about the beginning of the century as sub-editor on the staff of the Herald series of newspapers. In 1913 he was appointed editor of the Aberystwyth Observer ; he left Aberystwyth to edit a local paper at Llanelly in 1915 . During some part of the war years he worked in a Burry Port factory. His health deteriorated and he returned to Aberystwyth where, for a short time, he worked for the Cambrian News . But there was no permanent improvement in his health and he d. at the Tregaron hospital 26 July 1919 . He was a pioneer of the short story in Welsh and a serious student of the art of short story writing generally. In his lifetime two volumes of his stories were published — Straeon y Chwarel (not dated), and Tair Stori Fer , 1916 . In 1932 a selection of his stories, Storïau gan Richard Hughes Williams , was published by Hughes and Son , Wrexham . All his best stories deal with the life and work of the Caernarvonshire quarrymen .


  • T. Gwynn Jones , article in Cymeriadau (Wrecsam, 1933) ;
  • introduction to Storïau gan Richard Hughes Williams. Gyda rhagymadrodd gan E. Morgan Humphreys (Wrecsam, 1932) ;
  • [ The Cambrian News 1 Aug. 1919 ].


Edward Morgan Humphreys, O.B.E., M.A., (1882-1955), Caernarfon

Published date: 1959