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EVANS , DAVID DELTA (‘ Dewi Hiraddug ’; 1866 - 1948 ), journalist, author and Unitarian minister ;

b. in 1866 and brought up in Ochr-y-Marian , between Diserth and Cwm, Flints. , one of seven children of Joseph Evans , miner , and his wife Ann . He was reared in poverty and began life as a farm servant at the age of ten. Later he worked on a newspaper , The Rhyl Record , and was also associated with Y Faner under Thomas Gee ( DWB , 274) . At 19 he went to London and took a leading part in establishing the first congregation of Welsh Unitarians in 1937 , after which he maintained the connection until his death. Much of his later work was written in air-raid shelters after he had lost his home in war-time bombing. He spent the last years of his life in his sister's home in Diserth . He d. 22 May 1948 in Rhyl Memorial Hospital and was buried in Diserth churchyard.

In 1901 he was an assistant Unitarian missionary in Liverpool , and a year later became the editor of Christian Life (and Unitarian Herald ) and made it a success until its merger with The Inquirer in 1929 . The end of the Christian Herald was a great loss, as the appeal of The Inquirer was much narrower. Delta published a special issue in 1913 to celebrate the centenary of the Law of Trinity and 25,000 copies were sold within a week. He ministered in Southend-on-Sea , 1905-09 , Portsmouth High Street , 1909-10 , Woolwich , London 1913-17 , Bermondsey , 1921-29 and Ilford , 1929-32 . He visited the Unitarian Society 's meetings in Cardiganshire and Glamorganshire .

Many of his articles appeared in Y Gwyliedydd Newydd , and issues of Yr Ymofynydd were sprinkled with his contributions, written under his name, Delta , DDE and Dewi Hiraddug . He also used the pseudonym Cadfan Rhys , Deiniol Ddu and An Old Sinner . Even Delta was an assumed name, his baptismal name being David . He wrote a weekly column for the Kentish Independent for years under the name, ‘ An Old Philosopher ’. He wrote an article on Phrenyddeg (phrenology) in the second edition of Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig , 1896 .

He was a prolific writer . He wrote two novels, Daniel Evelyn; Heretic , 1913 and The Rosicrucian , 1918 . Other works include Pethau Newydd a Hen , 1900 ; The Ancient Bards of Britain , 1906 ; Hiwmor, Synnwyr a Halen , 1937 ; Rhedeg ar ôl y Cysgodion , 1940 ; Saviours of Men ; An Argosy of Common Sense ; At y Golygydd (a collection of letters to the press 1937-42 ), Days of Youth — an autobiography in novel form; Athrofa Mab y Saer ; Jesus the Galilean ; Ymdaith y Pererin ; and Why do we Pray ? Many of his books are kept in Bangor University Library , and also a letter praising Ymdaith y Pererin together with a cywydd from T. Gwynn Jones (see below) ( 1942 ) and a letter praising Rhedeg ar ôl y Cysgodion . He was fluent in Esperanto and Hindustani . He was a fierce debater and a fiery character.

Sources:

  • Yr Ymofynnydd , July 1948 ;
  • recollections from Alwyn Thomas and Derwyn Jones .

Author:

Aubrey John Martin (1911-90), Llandysul

Published date: 2001