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DAVIES, THOMAS (TEGWYN 1851-1924), tailor, book-collector and writer.

Born 11 Nov. 1851 , at Ty Gwyn , Abercywarch ; his parents were Hugh and Elizabeth Davies . His wife, Elizabeth , was of the Breese family of Llanbryn-mair, and his son John Breese Davies was a specialist in cerdd dant .

He was a tailor by trade, and among the houses at which (according to the old-time practice) he worked was the rectory of Llan-ym-Mawddwy in the days of D. Silvan Evans , who greatly fostered his love of literature. He became a book-collector and a writer , contributing frequently to such periodicals as Yr Eurgrawn , Y Traethodydd , and Cymru (O.M.E.) ; and in 1893 he published a book, Dinas Mawddwy a'i Hamgylchoedd . He d. at Dinas Mawddwy 10 Dec. 1924 .


  • Yr Eurgrawn, Dec. 1925;
  • particulars furnished by his daughter, the late Miss L. A. Breese Davies.


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

Published date: 1959