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JONES , HUMPHREY (‘ Bryfdir ’; 1867 - 1947 ), poet and ‘compère’ of eisteddfodau ;

b. 13 Dec. 1867 , in Cwm Croesor, Mer. , son of John Jones a smallholder and Mary (née Roberts ) and grandson of Robert Roberts of Erw Fawr who founded the Sunday school at Llanfrothen . He lived practically the whole of his life in Blaenau Ffestiniog . After leaving school at the age of 12 he became a quarryman and eventually attained an official position. He learned the rudiments of poetry during his youth from Richard Jones Owen (‘ Glaslyn ’; 1831 - 1909 ; DWB , 719) and before he was 20 yrs of age he had won several prizes. He was admitted to the Gorsedd of Bards in 1890 . He won over 60 bardic chairs , and contributed regularly to Y Geninen and Cymru . He was a very successful eisteddfod ‘compere’ for many years, noted for his ready wit and control of large audiences. Two volumes of his poetry were published — Telynau'r Wawr and Bro fy Mebyd a Chaniadau eraill . He m. in 1893 Mary Eleanor Williams and they had 5 children. He d. 22 Jan. 1947 .

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge;
  • [ Who's who in Wales (1937) ].

Author:

William Emrys Jones, (1894-1985), Bangor

Published date: 2001