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DAVIES , GRIFFITH (‘ Gwyndaf ’; 1868 - 1962 ), poet, tutor of poets and antiquary ;

b. 5 Feb. 1868 at Llwynpïod , a smallholding in Llanuwchllyn, Mer. His father Griffith Davies died before he was born, and his mother experienced great hardship in bringing up her two sons, Griffith and Thomas . After attending the local school, Griffith spent some time at the famous school of Owen Owen ( 1850 - 1920 ; DWB , 718) at Oswestry . He lived most of his long life farming Bryncaled , a farm near his birthplace. He m. (1) Elin Davies , Bryncaled , and (2) Kate Ann Jones , Bryn Coch , Llanuwchllyn , a descendant of John Jones (‘ Tudur Llwyd ’), Weirglodd Gilfach , a local poet and antiquary . They had one daughter, Megan . Gwyndaf spent the last years of his life at Glan'rafon , a cottage at the foot of Carndochan . He was elected a deacon of Yr Hen Gapel (Congl.) , Llanuwchllyn , and was a member and alderman of Merioneth county council for 40 years. He was a member of the Penllyn Historical Society and became vice-president of the Merioneth Historical Society . As a poet proficient in cynghanedd and in composing englynion he taught several generations of poets in the strict metres. He was an ardent supporter of eisteddfodau , became a member of the Gorsedd of Bards in 1911 and addressed his fellow poets from the Gorsedd Stone on several occasions. He wrote for the local press , and occasionally contributed articles to the Tyst , Dysgedydd , and Geninen . In 1910 he published a booklet containing his awdl to Michael D. Jones ( DWB , 495) . A posthumous volume of his works, Awen Gwyndaf Llanuwchllyn ( 1966 ) was edited by James Nicholas . He d. 4 Feb. 1962 , the day before his 94th birthday, and was buried in the new cemetery at Llanuwchllyn .

Sources:

  • Information from Megan Davies and Ifan Roberts ;
  • Awen Gwyndaf Llanuwchllyn , Swansea, 1966 ;
  • personal knowledge.

Author:

Ifor Owen, Llanuwchllyn

Published date: 2001