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LLOYD , ROBERT (‘ Llwyd o'r Bryn ’; 1888 - 1961 ), eisteddfodwr , entertainer and farmer ;

b. in Penybryn , Bethel , Llandderfel, Mer. , 29 Feb. 1888 , the youngest son of John and Winifred Lloyd . He was baptized by Michael Daniel Jones ( DWB , 495) . He was educated at Sarnau school and after working for a period with his father on the farm , he m. in 1913 Annie Williams , Derwgoed , Llandderfel . Thereafter he farmed Derwgoed until he retired in 1944 . In this connection, he was one of the first in Wales to stimulate interest in the experimental immunisation of cattle against tuberculosis (see Richard Phillips , Pob un a'i gwys ( 1970 ), 86).

Throughout most of his life he acted as compère and adjudicator at countless eisteddfodau in north and mid- Wales ; he was one of the promoters of the first national eisteddfod held by Urdd Gobaith Cymru at Corwen in 1929 . Between 1938 and 1950 he was the witty compère of Parti Tai'rfelin (see Robert Roberts below) , a group which held concerts in all parts of Wales and for Welsh societies in England . He also frequently took part in radio and television programmes .

He had the true story-teller 's gift of narrating or writing a tale . This is evident in his autobiography Y Pethe ( 1955 ), the title of which later came to stand for the values and traditions that are associated with Welsh life at its best. In 1966 a volume of his letters was published, Diddordebau , which was edited by his nephew Trebor Lloyd Evans , and a collection of his articles for Welsh Farm News and other periodicals were published in Adlodd Llwyd o'r Bryn by his daughter, Dwysan Rowlands , in 1983 . After retiring he visited many places to give lectures on country life and culture . There are descriptions of him by Robin Williams in Y tri Bob ( 1970 ) and in Portreadau'r Faner (n.d.). He d. 28 Dec. 1961 and was buried in Cefnddwysarn cemetery. In 1963 a ‘ Llwyd o'r Bryn prize ’ for recitation was established at the National Eisteddfod in memory of him.


  • Information from Dwysan Rowlands ;
  • personal knowledge.


David Tecwyn Lloyd (1914-92), Corwen

Published date: 2001