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JONES , THOMAS LLOYD (‘ Gwenffrwd ’; 1810 - 1834 ; DWB , 520).

Gwenffrwd ’ was, for a period, in the service of Thomas Jones ( 1802 - 1851 ), a solicitor whose office was in Chapel Street , Holywell . It was not for a pryddest that he won a prize at Newmarket eisteddfod in 1829 but for a Welsh translation of ‘ Hymn of the Seasons ’ ( Thompson ). Enw. Ff. is correct, - it was from Denbigh that Gwenffrwd wrote a letter to R.L. Morris , Holywell , which was published in Adgof uwch Angof , and it was there that he wrote ‘ Llinellau for Y Gwyliedydd , Aug. 1830 . He was clerk to the solicitor William Jones (‘ Gwrgant ’; 1803 - 1886 ; DWB , 525) at St. Asaph before moving to Liverpool where he resided when he wrote the elegy to John Jenkins (‘ Ifor Ceri ’, 1770 - 1829 ; DWB , 434) which won at Beaumaris eisteddfod , 1832 . It was from Philadelphia that he sent the poem ‘ Syniadau ar y Môr ’ which was published in Seren Gomer , Aug. 1833 . He sent a poem in memory of his patron Archdeacon Beynon to the Gwent and Dyfed royal eisteddfod at Cardiff 1834 . It did not win a prize, and the poet d. four days before the eisteddfod opened. ( Awenyddion Gwent a Dyfed , London , 1834 ).


  • See Huw Williams , Thomas Lloyd Jones (Gwenffrwd) 1810-1834 (Denbigh, 1989) (1989) .


Corrections and additions:

JONES , THOMAS LLOYD ( Gwenffrwd ; 1810 - 1834 ), poet ;

said to have been b. at Brynffordd (then in the parish of Ysgeifiog ), but there is no confirmation of this — others have suggested Holywell or Whitford as his native parish; the ‘Lloyd’ in his name was perhaps a later addition, though it occurs in the name of an uncle of his. He worked in a cotton-mill at Greenfield , Holywell , up to the age of about 18, and then became clerk to a Thomas Jones , said to have been a lawyer . From an early age he wrote poetry (a pryddest of his won at an eisteddfod at Trelawnyd ), and contributed verse to the periodicals. His only book is Ceinion Awen y Cymry , published at Denbigh in 1831 ; it is an anthology of Welsh poems including some of his own work and some verse translations from the English , done by him, and is dedicated to William Owen Pughe (q.v.) . An elegy of his on Ifor Ceri ( John Jenkins , 1770 - 1829 , q.v.) won the prize at the Beaumaris eisteddfod of 1832 . The statement in Enw. F. that he moved from Holywell to Denbigh is incorrect; but he did spend some time as a clerk at Liverpool , whence he emigrated to the U.S.A. , arriving at Mobile ( Alabama ) early in 1834 . He was schoolmaster at Spring Hill near Mobile when he d. of yellow fever , 16 Aug. 1834 .


  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870) ;
  • corrections by Mr. Robert Roberts , Flint.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 2001