David Henry was ordained minister of the Independent cause at Cymer, Glyncorrwg, Glam., in July 1849, but removed to take charge of the two chapels at Milo, Llanfihangel Aberbythych, and Pen-y-groes, Llandybïe in 1857. He won numerous prizes at eisteddfodau, including essays on local history in Maesteg, 1859, and Carmarthen, 1867. None of these works have survived, although two medals which were awarded to him are in private hands. He contributed articles and poetry to Y Diwygiwr, the monthly organ of the Welsh Independents, under the pseudonym ‘Myrddin Wyllt’. He also published a sermon Gwresogrwydd Crefyddol (1860), and Llawlyfr Iforaidd (1863), a handbook for members of the Ivorites friendly society. His most interesting publication is Pryddest, neu Hanesgerdd, o Ddull Dygiad Priodasau yn Mlaen yn y Ddwy Ganrif Ddiwethaf (1858), for which he shared the first prize at the eisteddfod held in Ystradgynlais in that year. This long poem vividly describes the various popular wedding and marriage customs which prevailed in south Wales during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He died 12 July 1873, and was buried in Milo cemetery.
Dr Huw Walters, F.S.A., Aberystwyth
Published date: 2014