He was a member of a musical family and won prizes as a soloist , as well as a crown and many chairs for poetry. He was a prominent member of the Welsh community whilst living in England , as secretary of local eisteddfodau , a Sunday school teacher , conductor of a children's choir and a lay preacher . He became one of the founders of Undeb y Ddraig Goch in Liverpool in 1918 , a movement supporting self-government for Wales . He held classes teaching cynghanedd and his papers at the National Library of Wales contain a large collection of englynion . His poems and articles appeared in many newspapers and periodicals. But he is best remembered as a bookseller ; he attended countless auctions to buy books, many of which he sold to America . A notable aspect of his shop was its extensive stock of music — he published a catalogue of 800 Welsh solos — and he held in stock every Welsh play he could acquire. He was the author of a comedy , Luned ( 1928 ), and after retiring he wrote his autobiography, Atgofion llyfrwerthwr ( 1963 ) and a romantic novel, Allwedd Serch , which is among his papers at N.L.W.
He m. ( spring 1905 ? ) and he and his wife Elizabeth had two children who d. young. His wife d. 21 Sept. 1950 ; he d. 26 Apr. 1970 and was buried in Llanrug churchyard.
Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001