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OWEN , WILLIAM (‘ Gwilym Alaw ’; DWB , 723).

His dates are 1762 - 1853 . See Huw Williams , Tr. , 1982 .


Corrections and additions:

OWEN , WILLIAM ( Gwilym Alaw; 1760? - 1842? ), a farmer

who lived for a long time at Chwaen Wen , Llannerch-y-medd . He wrote to the periodicals, more especially to Goleuad Gwynedd and Goleuad Cymru , and in 1813 published a little book of verse Lloffion o Faes Boaz (this should not be confused with a booklet bearing the same title by Robert Thomas , 1796 - 1866 , q.v.) ; a stanza in this book has become a well-known hymn which appears in our modern hymnaries.


  • J. Thickens , Emynau a'u Hawduriaid (1945)


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

Published date: 2001