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REES , EDWARD WALTER (‘ Gwallter Dyfi ’; 1881 - 1940 ); bank manager and bearer of the Gorsedd sword ;

b. 8 Oct. 1881 son of Richard Rees (‘ Maldwyn ’, d. 1927 ) and Jane (née Jones ) his wife, of Medical Hall , Machynlleth, Mont. He was educated at Machynlleth county school before becoming a bank clerk , and eventually manager of Barclay's Bank in Cardigan and later in Carmarthen ( 1926-40 ). On 8 Dec. 1914 he m. Frances Anne Rees , Goleufryn , Whitchurch, Glam. , and d. 24 Apr. 1940 , leaving two sons and a daughter. He was secretary of the Cardigan Cymrodorion Society which he founded and was a member of several other cultural societies. He was also secretary of Carmarthen national eisteddfod , 1911 , and bearer of the sword of the Gorsedd of Bards from 1913 until 1940 . He edited the Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire column in the Cardigan and Tivyside Advertiser for a period. In 1938 he was elected treasurer of the Welsh Bibliographical Society ; he himself owned a good collection of old Welsh books and manuscripts.


  • The Biographical Index of W. W. Price, Aberdâr (at the National Library of Wales and Aberdare Public Library) ;
  • Cardigan and Tivyside Advertiser , 28 May 1926 .


Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001