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EDWARDS , RICHARD FOULKES ( Rhisiart Ddu o Wynedd ; 1836 - 1870 ), poet ;

b. 14 Jan. 1836 in the Bodfari district of Denbs. At an early age he removed with his parents to Plas Llanychan , Ruthin . He started writing poetry when he was very young, and in 1856 gained second place at the Bangor eisteddfod for his awdl , ‘ Yr Amaethwr .’ In 1858 a volume of his poems, Y Blaenffrwyth , was published by Thomas Gee , Denbigh . He won the chair at the Llandudno eisteddfod of 1864 for his awdl ‘ Ioan yn Ynys Patmos ,’ and at the Aberystwyth eisteddfod of 1865 he won a prize for a critical essay on the genius of Eben Fardd (‘ Traethawd Beirniadol ar Eben Fardd a'i Athrylith ’). In 1869 at the Liverpool eisteddfod he was awarded the chair for his elegy on Henry Rees . He worked for a time as a clerk in a solicitor's office in Ruthin , and later he worked for Thomas Gee , Denbigh . He went to the Bala Independent College to train for the ministry and received a call to Mynydd-islwyn, Mon. He did not accept the call, but in May 1867 sailed to join his parents in the United States , and d. there at Oskosh , Wisconsin , 8 March 1870 .


  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) (1908) ;
  • Y Traethodydd , 1903 , 299.


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959