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WATKINS , THOMAS EVAN ( Eiddil Ifor , but in later life Ynyr Gwent ; 1801 - 1889 ), eisteddfodwr ;

b. 1 May 1801 at ‘ Pwll-yr-hyward ’ (probably Pwll-yr-hwyaid ), Llanfoist (Llan-ffwyst), Mon. ; his father, of the same name, worked at Abertillery ( Abertyleri ), but returned to Llanfoist to work in the limestone quarries belonging to the Blaenavon iron-works , becoming a member of Llanwenarth Baptist church , where he married. The son became innkeeper of the ‘ White Hart ’ at Blaenavon , and afterwards a weigher in the iron-works at Blaina , but returned ( c. 1860 ) to Blaenavon to keep the ‘Three Cranes’ inn — his wife, Mary ( Lewis ) , had d. 1859 at Blaina — they had two daughters. He d. 31 Jan. 1889 . A zealous eisteddfodic competitor , he was a founder-member of ‘ Cymreigyddion y Fenni ’ (for which see under Carnhuanawc and under Bevan , Thomas , 1802 - 1882 ) ; he won many prizes and medals, and contributed to Seren Gomer and to Y Bedyddiwr . He is best known for his parish history, Hanes Llanffrwyst , which took the prize at the first Abergavenny Cymreigyddion eisteddfod , 22 Nov. 1834 . It was published under the editorship of Sir Joseph Bradney (q.v.) in 1922 , with an introduction from which the present notice has been compiled.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959