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WILLIAMS , JOHN RICHARD ( J.R. Tryfanwy ; 1867 - 1924 ), poet ;

b. at Tan y Manod , Rhostryfan , 29 Sept. 1867 , the only child of Owen and Mary Williams , who later ( 1880 ) removed to Tyddyn Difyr , Moeltryfan . Upon the death of the father in a quarry accident the mother and son returned to Tan y Manod . The death of the mother soon followed and the blind and deaf son was removed to Portmadoc where he was placed under the care of an aunt. He had shown an early aptitude for poetry , and in spite of his physical disadvantages he acquired complete mastery of the rules of poesy. He won ten bardic chairs at various eisteddfodau ( yr Eifl , y Ddraig Goch , Liverpool , Anglesey , Flint , etc.), and wrote much to Cymru (O.M.E.) and other periodicals. He published two volumes of poetry — Lloffion yr Amddifad , 1892 , and Ar Fin y Traeth , 1910 . Over a long period he was under the constant care and attention of his friend Eifion Wyn (q.v.) . He d. 19 March 1924 , and was buried at Portmadoc .

Sources:

  • A biographical manuscript written by his cousin.

Author:

William Gilbert Williams, M.A., (1874-1966), Rhostryfan

Published date: 1959