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EDMUNDS , WILLIAM ( 1827 - 1875 ), cleric, schoolmaster, and man of letters ;

b. at Lampeter, Cards. , chr. 27 Dec. 1827 . He attended the grammar school in his native town and, at the age of 19, went to S. David's College , Lampeter . There he won many prizes, was accounted one of the most distinguished students, and attained the highest honours. After leaving college he became vice-principal of the Normal College , Carmarthen , and was ordained by bishop Thirlwall , winning the ‘ bishop's prize .’ When the headmastership of Lampeter grammar school fell vacant he was appointed to the post and had a highly successful career. Boys came to the school from every county in Wales and, at one time, half the students at S. David's College were his old boys — some of these won high honours at Oxford and Cambridge . In 1863 he was appointed vicar of Rhostïe, Cards. , but he did not reside there. In 1856 he published a Welsh spelling book, Gwers-lyfr Llanbedr: yn Cynwys Gwersi Hawdd i Ddysgu Sillebu a Darllen Cymraeg . In 1856 also he published the 8th ed. of Y Ffydd Ddiffuant (by Charles Edwards , q.v. ), with explanatory notes. In 1859 he read before the Cambrian Archaeological Association at Cardigan a paper ‘ On some old families in the neighbourhood of Lampeter ’; it was published in Arch. Camb. in 1860 and appeared in book form in the same year. In 1854 he published with an introduction the 11th ed. of Drych y Prif Oesoedd (by Theophilus Evans , q.v. ). He d. 21 Jan. 1875 , and was buried in Lampeter parish church.


  • NLW MS 9256.


David Gwenallt Jones, M.A., (1899-1968), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959