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EDWARDS , JOHN ( Meiriadog ; 1813 - 1906 ), poet and editor ; b. at Llanrwst , he was educated at the local grammar school, and afterwards apprenticed as a printer . He revealed much literary talent while still young, and between 1835 and 1860 in particular many of his poems were published in Seren Gomer , Y Dysgedydd , Y Diwygiwr , Y Gwladgarwr , and Y Drysorfa . In turn he lived at Cefn-mawr , Llanfaircaereinion , Cardiff , and Merthyr Tydfil , before finally settling down at Llanfaircaereinion, Mont. , in 1844 ; there he m. Elizabeth Watkin . He was an ardent Baptist , and in politics an uncompromising Liberal . During his lifetime he was an acknowledged authority on Welsh grammar and syntax , and a master of cynghanedd . A most successful eisteddfod competitor and winner of many chairs , he was also a popular adjudicator . He edited Yr Hyfforddwr for a time from 1852 , and from 1858 he was responsible for Y Llusern . He d. 24 July 1906 , aged 93 years. His manuscripts were presented to the National Library of Wales in 1926 .

Bibliography:

  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1906 , 276;
  • T. M. Jones , Llenyddiaeth fy Ngwlad , 1893 , 103, 105;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 ;
  • National Library of Wales Manuscripts 5950-73.

Author:

Dr David Jenkins, C.B.E., M.A., D.Litt., (1912-2002), Penrhyn-coch, Aberystwyth