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WILLIAMS , THOMAS ( Eos Gwynfa , or Eos y Mynydd ; c. 1769 - 1848 ), poet ;

b. either in the parish of Llanfyllin or in the parish of Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa, Mont. , c. 1769 . He spent the greater part of his life at Tŷ-uchaf , near Pontysgadarn , Llanfihangel , following his trade as a weaver . He joined the Independents and was one of those responsible for building Braich-y-waun chapel . He was also one of those who persuaded Ieuan Gwynedd to start preaching . He d. Nov. 1848 at the age of 79, and was buried 18 Nov. in Llanfihangel churchyard. He wrote a great deal of poetry, mostly devotional carols suitable for the early Christmas service and for Easter, and five volumes of his works were published during his lifetime: Telyn Dafydd , 1820 ; Ychydig o Ganiadau Buddiol , 1824 ; Newyddion Gabriel , 1825 , 2nd imp. 1834 ; Manna'r Anialwch , 1831 ; and Mer Awen , 1844 . His carols were held in high esteem in a countryside famous for Christmas dawn services. Two of his sons entered the ministry, Joseph , who was at one time minister at Llansilin , and John , who later joined the Baptists .

Sources:

  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , ii, 273; iii, 18, 68, 70;
  • Collections Historical and Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire , ix, 161;
  • Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 , 318;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 364;
  • Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa parish church registers.

Author:

Dr Enid Pierce Roberts, M.A., D.Litt., Bangor

Published date: 1959