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WILLIAMS , DANIEL THOMAS ( Tydfylyn ; 1820 - 1876 ), Congregational minister, poet, and musician ;

b. 20 Oct. 1820 at Merthyr Tydfil . He commenced his career as a grocer but had to relinquish this occupation on account of ill-health, and soon afterwards took up preaching with the Congregationalists . He was ordained minister of Adullam Congregational chapel , Merthyr Tydfil , 18 July 1870 . An ardent eisteddfodwr , he was the chair poet at Ystrad eisteddfod , 1870 . He published volumes of poetry and music, including Y Canor Dirwestol , 1845 ; prize musical compositions, 1849 ; Pennillion Arobryn Eisteddfod y Cymmrodorion Dirwestol, Merthyr, 1854 , 1855 (ed.); Cathlau Byrion , 1864 ; a lecture and an awdl on ‘ The ‘Sea,’ 1868 . He wrote the Welsh words to ‘ Yr Ehedydd ’ and the English words to ‘ Rhyfelgan y Myncod ’ and ‘ Cydgan y Bradwyr ,’ musical compositions by Joseph Parry (q.v.) . He d. 2 May 1876 .

Sources:

  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • The Congregational Year Book , 1877 ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 ;
  • NLW MSS 584, 1808, 1895, 2238, 2241;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890

Author:

Professor David James Bowen, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959