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DAVIES , HUGH EMYR ( 1878 - 1950 ), minister (Presb.) and poet ;

b. 31 May 1878 at Brynllaeth , Aber-erch, Caerns. , son of Tudwal and Annie Davies . He was educated at Pwllheli county school , Clynnog School , U.C.W. , Aberystwyth and Bala College . He was ord. in 1909 , and was a minister at Llanddona , Anglesey ( 1909-12 ), Lodge , Brymbo and Ffrith ( 1912-20 ), and Llanfechell , Anglesey ( 1920-29 ). He was an exceptional preacher , but it was as a poet that he gained prominence. He won a chair at Pwllheli when he was 16 yrs. old, and subsequently won 22 bardic chairs . He mastered the cynganeddion , but it was in the free metres that he excelled. His collected works were published in 1907 under the title Llwyn Hudol . His pryddest to ‘ Branwen ferch Llŷr ’ won the crown at the Caernarfon national eisteddfod ( 1906 ); and his poem, ‘ Owain Glyndŵr ’ won the crown at Llangollen ( 1908 ). He also won a chair at the American national eisteddfod in 1929 . He adjudicated the competition for the crown many times at the national eisteddfod .

He m., 1910 , Sydney Elizabeth Hughes of Bala , and they had a daughter. After retiring he lived at Holyhead and Menai Bridge . He d. 21 Nov. 1950 at Llandegfan .

Sources:

  • Who's who in Wales ( 1937 );
  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1951 , 250-1;
  • Y Goleuad , 13 Dec. 1960 .

Author:

Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe

Published date: 2001