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DAVIES , MORRIS (‘ Moi Plas ’; 1891 - 1961 ), quarryman, local historian and researcher ;

b. 24 June 1891 in Plas Capten , Trawsfynydd, Mer. , the son of William Davies , farmer , and his wife Ruth (née Humphreys ) . He was educated at the board school Trawsfynydd , but in common with many of his contemporaries his schooling was cut short and he left to work at home on the farm . He served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in Palestine and France during World War I . Afterwards, and until his retirement in 1956 , he worked at the Maenofferen , Oakeley and Llechwedd quarries , Blaenau Ffestiniog . His first act after retiring was to establish a local society to find work and improved living conditions for the injured .

It was the Rev. J. Dyfnallt Owen (see below) whilst a minister in Trawsfynydd between 1898-1901 , who first encouraged him to take an interest in the history of his native district . He was to spend the remainder of his life conscientiously collecting material and researching into the subject. He wrote occasionally to Welsh newspapers like Y Cymro , Y Dydd , Y Rhedegydd , Y Seren , Yr Herald Cymraeg a'r Genedl , etc. He was regarded as the authority on the history of Trawsfynydd and vicinity. All his MSS., in accordance with his wishes, are lodged in the National Library of Wales — N.L.W. 17,843 — 932 (there is a selection of them on microfilm in the Merioneth Record Office ). Morris Davies (or ‘ Moi Plas ’ as he was known locally), was a cultured, likeable and humorous person.

He was twice m.: (1) in 1919 to Kate Lewis , Cwm Cynfal , Ffestiniog (d. 1929 ), and four daughters were born to them; (2) in 1931 to Lizzie Jones , Tanygrisiau (d. 1968 ). He d. in Blaenau Ffestiniog , 16 Apr. 1961 , and was buried in Salem cemetery , Trawsfynydd .


  • Information given by his eldest daughter, Mrs. Naomi Roberts , Dolgellau;
  • Baner ac Amserau Cymru , 6 Nov. 1958 ;
  • The Cambrian News , 28 Apr. 1961 ;
  • John Ellis Williams , Moi Plas, cyfaill, cymeriad, tynnwr coesau (Llandybie, 1969) (1969) .


Arwyn Lloyd Hughes, Llandaf

Published date: 2001