After giving up work at Nant , he worked for 15 years at Craig Ddu quarry at Blaenau Ffestiniog and for a further 15 years on the Gwydir estate . After this he worked at Cae Coch quarry , Trefriw . He retired in 1933 . He composed many poems in the standard Welsh metres and won many prizes, 3 chairs , a crown and a gold medal , in eisteddfodau .
He contributed regularly to the poetry column of Y Tyst and to Welsh periodicals. A hymn by him is included in Llawlyfr Moliant (B) . He was a deacon in Ebeneser, Congregational chapel , Llanrwst and, after that was closed, at Ebeneser , Trefriw . To celebrate his hundredth birthday in 1966 , Ebeneser , Trefriw published a collection of his poetry entitled Canmlwydd Isnant . He was a recognised lay preacher in his denomination within North Arfon for many years, giving acceptable service to the churches of the Conwy valley .
He m. Jennie McGreggor in about 1910 and they lived at Tŷ Mawr between Trefriw and Llanrwst . She was the daughter of a forester on the Gwydir estate and she died in 1933 . About 1950 Isnant went to live with his niece at Llanrwst . He became blind towards the end of his life but with his remarkable memory he was able to dictate his poems to his fellow- deacon , Gwilym Roberts , so that he could write them down. He recited his cywydd on the Conwy Valley to his niece Daisy Roberts and her husband, when he was 98. Two of his brothers had emigrated to search for gold in Denver , Colorado . He d. 15 March 1969 and was buried at the public cemetery, Trefriw .
Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001