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DAVIES , GLYNNE GERALLT ( 1916 - 1968 ), minister (Congl.) and poet ;

b. in Liverpool 21 Feb. 1916 , but brought up in Ro-wen , in the Conwy Valley, Caerns. He was educated at Ro-wen primary school and Llanrwst grammar school . He worked for a time in the office of Henry Jones , solicitor at Llanrwst . He began to preach in the Calvinistic Methodist connexion and followed further education at Clwyd College , the University College , Bangor , and the Theological College at Aberystwyth . He stood as a conscientious objector during World War II and worked on the land at home in Ro-wen . At the end of the war he became a Congregationalist , and, after a short period at Bala-Bangor College , was ord. He ministered to the churches of Peniel and Gerisim , Llanfairfechan , 1946-51 ; Ebeneser , Bangor , 1951-65 ; Salem , Colwyn Bay and Deganwy Avenue , Llandudno , 1965-68 .

He served his apprenticeship as a poet in ‘ Pabell Awen ’, the bardic column of Y Cymro under the tutorship of Dewi Emrys (see David Emrys James , below) and came under the influence of R. Williams Parry (see below) at Bangor and Edward Prosser Rhys (see below) at Aberystwyth . He won many prizes at eisteddfodau including some at the National Eisteddfod In addition to his service as a caring and loved minister he became known to a wide circle in north Wales as an eisteddfod adjudicator , a weekly newspaper columnist , a broadcaster and a W.E.A. tutor . He published two volumes of poetry: Yn Ieuenctid y Dydd ( 1941 ) and Y Dwyrain a Cherddi Eraill ( 1945 ). A third volume, Yr Ysgub Olaf ( 1971 ), was published posthumously. He had been awarded the degree of M.A. of the University of Liverpool in 1958 for a thesis on the life and work of William John Roberts , Gwilym Cowlyd ( DWB , 885) , a work which was published by his widow under the title Gwilym Cowlyd 1828-1904 ( 1976 ).

He m. Freda Vaughan Davies , Maesneuadd , Pontrobert and they had a son and a daughter. He d. at his home in Colwyn Bay , 13 June 1968 , and was buried in Bron-y-nant cemetery , Colwyn Bay .


  • Personal knowledge;
  • Lleufer , 24, no. 2 ( 1968 ), 7-12;
  • preface to Yr Ysgub Olaf (Caernarfon, 1971) ;
  • Blwyddiadur yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg , 1969 ;
  • Baner ac Amserau Cymru , 11 July 1968 .


Derwyn Jones, M.A., Bangor / Colwyn Bay

Published date: 2001