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EVANS , THOMAS ( Telynog ; 1840 - 1865 ), poet ; b. 8 Sept. 1840 at Cardigan , son of Thomas Evans , boatmaker of that town. At the age of eleven he went to sea in a coastal vessel but, not liking this life, he ran away to Aberdare , where he worked as a miner in Cwm-bach . At an early age he started writing poetry , gaining his first success with a pryddest entitled ‘ Gostyngeidd-rwydd ’ in an eisteddfod held under the auspices of the Baptist chapel in Cwm-bach , where he was a member. He composed freely both in the free and the strict metres, gaining many successes at local eisteddfodau under the adjudication of poets of such eminence as Islwyn and Cynddelw (qq.v.) . At the time of his premature death from consumption at the age of twenty-five he was regarded as one of the most promising poets of Wales . Among his best-known works are the lyrics ‘ Blodeuyn bach wyf fi mewn gardd ’ and ‘ Yr Haf .’ The latter is included in Blodeugerdd by W. J. Gruffydd . A collected edition of his work arranged by his friend Dafydd Morganwg ( D. W. Jones , q.v.) with a biographical sketch by Hywel Williams was published in 1866 . He d. 29 April 1865 and was buried in the Aberdare cemetery.

Author:

Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth