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WILLIAMS , ROBERT ( Trebor Mai ; 1830 - 1877 ), poet ;

b. 25 May 1830 at Ty'n-yr-ardd near Llanrhychwyn (Caerns.) , the son of a tailor . He was educated at a local Llanrhychwyn school and for a period attended the free school at Llanrwst . When he was 13 his family moved to Llanrwst and he applied himself to his father's craft. After marriage on 13 Oct. 1854 he commenced business as a tailor on his own account in that town, and there spent the rest of his life. He had previously been instructed in the rudiments of poetic composition by Caledfryn (q.v.) , who was at that time a minister at Llanrwst . Trebor Mai remained a life-long admirer of Caledfryn , and in 1863 refused to support the ‘ Protest ’ against the severity of the latter's eisteddfodic adjudications. He published two volumes of verse, Fy Noswyl , 1861 , and Y Geninen , 1869 . He is celebrated as a writer of englynion , of which his collected works published in 1883 contain over a thousand examples, in addition to fifty poems in the free metres, one awdl , and a number of pieces in the cywydd and hir a thoddaid metres. Among his literary associates were Gwilym Cowlyd , Dewi Arfon , and Scorpion (qq.v.). For a period he was a member of the Independent denomination but later joined the Established Church . He d. 5 Aug. 1877 , and was buried at Llanrwst .


  • Gwaith Barddonol Trebor Mai, prif englyniwr Cymru : yn cynwys ei englynion, caneuon, cywyddau, etc. (Liverpool, 1883) (Isaac Foulkes), 1883 .


Professor Alfred Owen Hughes Jarman, M.A., (1911-98), Cardiff

Published date: 1959