He was an enthusiastic eisteddfod competitor throughout his life. In the national eisteddfod in Llangollen in 1908 , when the adjudicator was Sir Owen M. Edwards ( DWB , 192-3) , he won the first prize for a collection of the work of Guto'r Glyn . Sir Owen kept the work, intending to publish it, but it never appeared. In the national eisteddfod in Colwyn Bay , 1910 , again under the adjudication of Sir Owen M. Edwards , Stephen shared the prize with the Revd. D.R. Jones , Cardiff , for the best collection of the unpublished work of any Welsh poet of Tudor times, with a short biography of the bard and critical notes of his work. It is not known what became of this work. In the national eisteddfod of Abergavenny , 1913 , he shared the prize with Peter Williams ( Pedr Hir , DWB , 1064) for a play in verse on the life and death of William Herbert of Raglan Castle , first Earl of Pembroke . He wrote poetry , in both the strict and free metres, and plays, throughout his life. He was also a skilled musician , and came from the same stock as Edward Jones Stephen (‘ Tanymarian ’, DWB , 923) and Robert Stephen (‘ Moelwyn fardd ’, 1828 - 1879 ), who was a police officer in Conwy . He won the prize in the Ystradgynlais national eisteddfod in 1954 , for a translation into Welsh of the libretto of Princess Ju Ju . His translation of the Bohemian Girl was performed in Penygroes , his native village, on 11 Dec. 1947 . He published, at his own expense, about a dozen to twenty musical compositions. He was the General Secretary of the national eisteddfod of Pontypool in 1924 , and General Secretary of the first musical festival held in Llandudno , in Oct. 1945 , and many times afterwards. He was a member of the Gorsedd , under the bardic name, ‘ Robin Eryri ’.
He was married twice: (1) to Alice Noel Jones , daughter of a sea captain from Borth-y-Gest . They had three children, (2) in Caxton Hall , London , on 8 Jan. 1942 , to Mary Elizabeth Owen , widow of Captain Ralph D. Owen , army officer , and daughter of Edmund and Elizabeth Thomas , Gelli Haf , Maesycwmmer . The Gelli Haf family was very famous in Monmouthshire , and connected in some way with the family of William Thomas (‘ Islwyn ’, DWB , 972-3) .
After his second marriage, he began to take interest in the lacquer industry of Pontypool . In 1947 he contributed an article on the industry in the periodical Apollo , and another in Antiques ( New York , 1951 ). He contributed an article on the Allgood family to the Dictionary of Welsh Biography , 6. His manuscripts on the Allgood family , and the lacquer industry, are in the National Museum in Cardiff , and the remainder of his manuscripts are in the library of the University College , Bangor , excepting the manuscript of his collection of the work of the three Bedos, which is in the National Library .
He d. in his home in Colwyn Bay on Jan. 2nd. 1966 .
Derwyn Jones, M.A., Bangor / Colwyn Bay
Published date: 2001