He became a blacksmith ; though in his early years he twice went to Pittsburgh , he returned to Llangynwyd to spend the rest of his life; he m. Elizabeth Thomas (of Carmarthen ); they had several children. They lived at ‘ Ty Cynwyd ’ near the parish church, and Cadrawd filled the house with old furniture, old farm implements, and rural craftsmen's gear — much of his collection is now in the National Museum of Wales , while many of his books are in the Cardiff City Library , and others in the library of Swansea University College . He died 24 July, 1918 and was buried in Llangynwyd churchyard, alongside the grave of Samuel Jones ( 1628 - 1697 ) of Brynllywarch . There are extensive collections of his MSS. dispersed between the N.L.W. , the Cardiff Central Library and the Museum of Welsh Life , St. Fagans . His widow received a small Civil List pension .
Cadrawd was a prolific writer on local history ; much of his work appeared in Cyfaill yr Aelwyd , Cymru (O.M.E.) , and the Cardiff newspapers. He published in 1887 his well-known History of the Parish of Llangynwyd . His prize essay at the 1885 (Aberdare) national eisteddfod was printed in the transactions of that eisteddfod; it is an extensive collection of Glamorgan folk-lore, and includes the fullest printed collection of Glamorgan triban verses . Other eisteddfodic prizes, and a gold medal , were awarded him. In 1910 he edited (with L. J. Hopkin James ) Hen Gwndidau , a collection of old religious poetry; and in 1913 a volume of selections from Iolo Morganwg (in O. M. Edwards 's ‘ Cyfres y Fil ’). He kept up a correspondence (now in the Cardiff City Library ) with a wide circle of scholars , e.g. Sir John Rhys and Sir Joseph Bradney , with whom he stayed for some time during the preparation of the History of Monmouthshire .
David Myrddin Lloyd, M.A., (1909-81), Aberystwyth / Scotland
Arwyn Lloyd Hughes, Llandaf
Published date: 1959