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DAFYDD , PHILIP ( 1732 - 1814 according to Meth. Cym. , ii, 458 et sqq. ). Methodist exhorter

of Newcastle Emlyn , was a clog-maker in poor circumstances. The Methodist society was held at his house in 1760 , and again (pending the building of its chapel in 1776 ) in 1774-5 . He was a writer of verse , and printed elegies on William Williams of Pantycelyn in 1791 and Daniel Rowland in 1797 (both listed in Llyfryddiaeth y Cymry ). Less edifying was his action in the troubles of 1797 , in Pembrokeshire , when several dissenting ministers were accused of ‘collaboration’ with the French ; a scurrilous ‘ballad’ of his against these dissenters provoked the wrath of William Richards of Lynn ( 1749 - 1818 ) (q.v.) in his pamphlet The Triumphs of Innocency , 1798 — see on this matter J. J. Evans , Dylanwad y Chwyldro Ffrengig ar Gymru , 174-9, and Traf. Cymd. Hanes Bed. , 1930 , 30-2.


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

Published date: 1959