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WILLIAMS , WILLIAM WYN ( 1876 - 1936 ), minister and poet ;

b. in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Mer. , 12 July 1876 , of a religious family from the district of Bowydd . He was a pupil-teacher in Tanygrisiau before entering Bangor Normal College . He then became a teacher in the neighbourhood of Wrexham . He began to preach and went to University College and Theological College , both at Aberystwyth . In 1909 he was inducted minister of Moriah (Presb.) , Llanystumdwy ; in 1921 he moved to Salem , Dolgellau , and thence to Glan-rhyd , Llanwnda in 1925 . He published two volumes of poems Wrth Borth yr Awen ( 1909 ) and Caniadau ( 1911 ). A shy and musical person, he suffered ill health, and spent a year travelling through U.S.A. and Patagonia and climbing the Andes to recover his health. He m. Kate Pritchard of Betws Garmon in 1927 and they had a son. He. d. 12 Nov. 1936 .

Sources:

  • Blwyddiadur y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd , 1938 , 211-2;
  • Y Goleuad , 25 Nov. 1936 , 8.

Author:

Bedwyr Lewis Jones (1933-92), Bangor

Published date: 2001