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WILLIAMS , WILLIAM ( Creuddynfab ; 1814 - 1869 ), poet and literary critic .

Born 20 Aug. 1814 at Tŷ Du , Creuddyn , Llandudno , the son of Enoch and Ellin Williams . His father was a stone-mason . As the eldest of a large family, Creuddynfab had very little education but worked at an early age on neighbouring farms , later moving to live with an aunt at Kenyside , near Knutsford , and to assist on a farm there. Afterwards he worked for a while in a warehouse in Manchester .

In 1837 he m. Elizabeth Hughes , daughter of David Hughes , Llangollen . He obtained employment under the railway company in the Huddersfield district and was later promoted stationmaster , serving for three years in that capacity at Oldham and sixteen at Stalybridge . It was during his stay at Stalybridge that he became one of the chief members of the Cymreigyddion society at Manchester . It was during this period also that he became friendly with Ceiriog — see Saunders Lewis , Ceiriog ( 1929 ), 21-31.

About 1860 he resigned and settled at Llandudno in order to become secretary of the National Eisteddfod Association — the Association's first paid secretary — a position he had to relinquish five years later (two years according to one source) for reasons of health. Although he has only one publication to his credit, namely a book entitled Y Barddoniadur , published in 1855 , he wrote a large number of articles to periodicals and to the press. A keen eisteddfodwr , he competed in many of the chief eisteddfodau of his day, and was often in demand as an adjudicator .

He d. at Llandudno 26 Aug. 1869 , and was buried in Glanwydden cemetery.


  • Williams , Geiriadur Bywgraffiadol, yn cynnwys Byr-hanes y Cymry mwyaf adnabyddus fuont yn preswylio yn Manceinion (1896) ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870)


Margaret Beatrice Davies, M.B.E., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959