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ANWYL , JOHN BODVAN (‘ Bodfan ’; 1875 - 1949 ), minister (Congl.), lexicographer, and author .

Born 27 June 1875 in Chester , s. of John Anwyl , lay preacher , of the Anwyl family of Caerwys, Flints. , and his wife Ellen (née Williams ) , whose family came from Llangwnnadl, Caerns. He entered the ministry and became minister of Elim (Congl.) , Carmarthen in 1899 . Owing to deafness he relinquished his church to take charge of the Deaf and Dumb Institute at Pontypridd , 1904-19 . In 1914 he was responsible for the sixth edition of Spurrell 's Welsh-English Dictionary ; later, 1916 , he edited the seventh edition of Spurrell 's English-Welsh Dictionary . Both ran to several further editions. He was appointed ( 1921 ) secretary of the projected Welsh dictionary sponsored by the Board of Celtic Studies of the University of Wales . On retiring from the post, he settled in Llangwnnadl, Caerns. , where he d., by drowning , 23 July 1949 ; he was buried in Penllech, Caerns. churchyard.

A younger brother of Sir Edward Anwyl , he contributed extensively to the Welsh press . He edited reprints of Drych y prif oesoedd and Gweledigaethau y Bardd Cwsc , was author of Y pulpud bach ( 1924 ), Yr arian mawr ( 1934 ), Fy hanes i fy hunan ( 1933 ), and Englynion ( 1933 ), and prepared translations (into Welsh ) of books published by the London Missionary Society .

Sources:

  • Y Faner , 10 Aug. 1949 ;
  • Western Mail , 27 July 1949 ;
  • Y Cymro , 29 July 1949 ;
  • Y Llan , 12 Aug. 1949 ;
  • Y Llusern , 1949 ;
  • Who was who? .

Author:

Emeritus Professor Sir Thomas Herbert Parry-Williams, D.Litt., (1887-1975), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001