He began to lose interest in personal relationships and in his church, and spent years adrift, separated from his family — his wife and two sons. He settled down again in 1940-41 with his daughter, Dwynwen , in ‘ Y Bwthyn ’, Talgarreg, Cards. , becoming a member of Pisgah Congl. church and preaching occasionally in the neighbouring districts; he remained there for the rest of his life.
A charismatic person, around whom many stories gathered, he held Welsh literature and poetry classes here and there under the auspices of the W.E.A. movement for adult education, and ‘ Y Bwthyn ’ became the haunt of poets and writers . He was one of the masters of cerdd dafod , winning among many other prizes at the national eisteddfod the crown in Swansea , 1926 (for ‘ Rhigymau'r ffordd fawr ’), and the chair four times — Liverpool , 1929 (‘ Dafydd ap Gwilym ’); Llanelli , 1930 (‘ Y Galilead ’); Bangor , 1943 (‘ Cymylau amser ’); and Bridgend , 1948 (‘ Yr Alltud ’). He was editor of the column ‘ Pabell awen ’ in Y Cymro from 1936 to 1952 .
He d. at Aberystwyth hospital on 20 Sept. 1952 , and was buried in Pisgah cemetery , Talgarreg . A memorial stone for him was also erected above the cliffs of Pwllderi, north Pembs.
Much of his work has been published: Rhigymau'r ffordd fawr ( 1926 ), Rhymes of the road ( 1928 ), Y cwm unig a chaniadau eraill ( 1930 ), Ysgrifau ( 1937 ), Odl a chynghanedd (a textbook on cerdd dafod ; 1938 ), Beirdd y babell (ed.; 1939 ), Cerddi'r bwthyn ( 1948 ), and poetry pamphlets: Y gwron di-enw (poem at the eisteddfod in Anglesey ; 1922 ), Atgof (second best poem at Pontypool ; 1924 ), Y gân ni chanwyd (second best poem at Liverpool , 1929 ), Daniel Owen ( awdl in the London eisteddfod ; 1936 ).
Reverend Gerallt Jones (1907-84), Caerwedros, New Quay
Published date: 2001