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EVANS , PETER MAELOR ( 1817 - 1878 ), publisher ;

b. 10 April 1817 , near Adwy'r Clawdd, Denbs. , where his father, Thomas Evans , was a schoolmaster till he forsook teaching to manage lead mines . He received his early education at his father's school and afterwards at a day school in Mold and at Ruthin Grammar School , where he had a thorough grounding in the classics. He was intended for the law, but decided on printing as a career. He became a partner in the firm of Lloyd and Evans (see Lloyd , John , fl 1829-59 , in Appendix), publishers and printers , of Mold and Holywell , later of Holywell only, and when John Lloyd retired from the firm on his departure to Liverpool to publish Yr Amserau in 1848 , Peter Maelor Evans became the sole proprietor . In 1848 he m. M. Kerfoot , third daughter of James Kerfoot of Vaenol Fawr , near Abergele , by whom he had four sons and one daughter. Many notable works appeared from his press including the Welsh commentary by James Hughes ( 1779 - 1844 ) (q.v.) on the Old Testament . He commenced publishing Y Drysorfa in 1854 , Y Traethodydd in 1855 , and Trysorfa'r Plant in 1860 . At the Mold eisteddfod in 1873 he won a prize for the best produced Welsh book, a volume of the sermons of Henry Rees . He was an enthusiastic Liberal in politics and played a prominent part in the public life of Holywell . He served on the board of guardians and was chairman of the local board . He met his death through an accident while attending the General Assembly of the Calvinistic Methodists at Aberystwyth , 29 May 1878 .


  • Y Drysorfa , 1878 , 297-9;
  • Trysorfa y Plant , 1878 , 179-80;
  • The Flintshire Observer , 31 May 1878 ;
  • T. Gwynn Jones , Cofiant Thomas Gee (Denbigh, 1913) , 159;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 (1908) .


Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959