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WILLIAMS , THOMAS ( Clwydfro ; 1821 - 1855 ) ;

b. at Glan-clwyd , Bodfari , the son of Robert Williams (below). He started to write poetry when he was very young, sending his work to the Ceiniogwerth (see Jones , Lewis , 1808 - 1854 ), the Amserau , and the Beirniadur Cymreig, (1845) . He went out to Australia as a gold miner , and was in Melbourne in 1853 or 1854 ( Cymru, O.M.E. , xxxi, 284). He d. at Castlemaine , April 1855 , ‘aged 34.’

His father,

ROBERT WILLIAMS of Glan-clwyd , was also a poet

to whom have been attributed carols, hymns, and elegies (e.g. upon the above-mentioned Lewis Jones , and upon Richard Humphreys (q.v.) ). In 1836 he published Casgliad o ganiadau ar wahanol destynau moesol a chrefyddol , comprising work both by himself and others. Some people have confused him with another Robert Williams , also born at Glan-clwyd — it should be explained that ‘ Glan-clwyd ’ is the name given to two large farms together with the adjoining labourers’ cottages; Edward Williams , the divine ( 1750 - 1863 ) (q.v.) , was the son of one of the farmers , but there does not appear to have been any connection between him and the two Robert Williams es, nor between the one and the other.

The second ROBERT WILLIAMS ( 1804 - 1855 ) was a Wesleyan minister ; he began to preach in 1832 , and d. suddenly at Llandeilo 7 June 1855 , at the age of 51. He contributed prose and verse to the Eurgrawn , and was editor of Y Winllan ; he was one of the four ministers appointed in 1844 to revise the denominational hymn-book . He was also a musician , and in 1852 published a book of hymn-tunes, Cydymaith yr Addolydd ( Y Bywgraffydd Wesleyaidd , 271-3).


  • Mr. Robert Roberts of Flint's personal researches.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959