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WILLIAMS , JOHN HUW ( 1871 - 1944 ), newspaper editor ;

b. 28 Feb. 1871 at Caernarfon . Known by his bardic name of ‘ Leo ’, but in Yr Herald Cymraeg he wrote under the pen-name of ‘ Sgorfai ’. He was one of the founders of Y Dinesydd Cymreig ( 1912 ), its editor until 1925 , and its manager until 1926 . His articles, ‘ Senedd y Pentre ’, were very popular. He moved to Blaenau Ffestiniog ( 1926 ) as an official with the Independent Order of Rechabites , returning to Caernarfon ( 1942 ). He wrote a column ‘ Sibrydion yr Awel ’, in Y Gwyliedydd Newydd . He was an actor , author of the play, Yr Hen Gojar ( 1925 ), pacifist , temperance advocate , and local preacher . He d. 7 January 1944 at Caernarfon .

Sources:

  • Yr Eurgrawn Wesleyaidd , Dolgellau , 1946 ;
  • Yr Herald Cymraeg (a'r Genedl) , 17 Jan. 1944 .

Author:

David Thomas, O.B.E., M.A., (1880-1967), Bangor

Published date: 2001