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LLOYD , HENRY (‘ Ap Hefin ’; 1870 - 1946 ), poet and printer ;

b. 23 June 1870 in Tyddyn Ifan , Islaw'r Dref , Dolgellau, Mer. , to David and Margaret Lloyd . He received some education in Arthog school , but more, he claimed, from the literary societies of the churches and the Good Templars . In 1878 he moved to Cwm Bwlchcoch , Dolgellau . After being an apprentice printer in the office of Y Dydd , he went to Aberdare in 1891 as a compositor in the office of Y Darian . In 1893 , he moved to Merthyr , to the office of Y Tyst , and in 1902 returned to Aberdare , to the office of Y Darian , and the Aberdare Leader . Later, he established his own printing business where he remained until his retirement in 1940 . He was editor of Y Darian for a while. He edited the poetry column of Y Darian for two years; he was a teacher of poets and an unfailing supporter of every Welsh and literary movement in his district, a local preacher ( Wesleyan ) for more than half a century, and a popular lecturer . He was an extremely able poet , and writer in the strict Welsh metres, and won the chair in many eisteddfodau , and hundreds of other prizes. He published 18 books — biographies, sermons, short stories, but chiefly of his own poetry. His englyn , ‘ Lliwiau'r Hydref ’, became famous, as did some of his hymns, such as ‘ Arhosaf yng nghysgod fy Nuw ’, and ‘ I bob un sy'n ffyddlon ’. In 1896 he m. Sarah Ann Gravell , and they had 4 children. He d. on 14 Sept. 1946 in Aberdare .


  • Personal knowledge;
  • [ D. Jacob Davies , Cyfoeth Cwm (Abercynon, 1965) (1965) ;
  • Y Cymro , 23 April 1938 ;
  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd (Dolgellau) , 1946 , 36].


Gwilym Richard Tilsley, (1911-97), Prestatyn

Published date: 2001