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HUGHES , EDWARD (‘ Y Dryw ’; 1772 - 1850 ), eisteddfodic poet ;

b. at Nannerch, Flints. , (christened 9 July 1772 ), son of Benjamin Hughes of Walgoch , Nannerch . He was educated at S. Albans Hall , and was admitted to Jesus College , Oxford , in 1794 ( B.A. 1797 , M.A. 1800 ). He was a military chaplain for a time and served in the same capacity on a warship in the ill-fated expedition to Walcheren , 1809 . He was rector of Llanddulas from 1814 to 1818 and of Bodfari from 1818 to 185 0.

His awdl ‘ Elusengarwch ’ was judged to be the best in the Denbigh eisteddfod of 1819 by William Owen Pugh , Robert Davies ( Bardd Nantglyn ) , and David Richards ( Dewi Silyn ) (qq.v.) . This adjudication started a bitter controversy which raged for a very long time, for the general opinion among the poets and littérateurs of Wales was that the prize should have gone to David Owen ( Dewi Wyn o Eifion , q.v.) . Hughes was elected official ‘bard’ to the Society of Gwyneddigion , 1820-1 , and won the prize offered by the Society of Cymmrodorion , 1822 , for his cywydd ‘ Hu Gadarn .’ In the Denbigh eisteddfod of 1828 he was again successful with his ‘ Ymdrech Buddug yn erbyn y Rhufeiniaid ’ and also with his awdl ‘ Amaethyddiaeth ’ — Walter Davies ( Gwallter Mechain ) , John Blackwell ( Alun ) , and Aneurin Owen (qq.v.) being the adjudicators . He competed with awdlau at Wrexham , 1820 , Caernarvon , 1824 , Rhosllanerchrugog , 1829 , and Bryneglwys, Denbs. , 1830 . Short extracts of his work are to be found in the various periodicals and collections of verse published in his day. He d. 11 April 1850 at Bodfari .

Sources:

  • Foster , Alumni Oxonienses ;
  • Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850 (1893) , 489, 568;
  • Y Gwyliedydd , 1830 , 160, 223;
  • The Cambro-Briton , Jan. 1821 , 232;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852) ;
  • Cofnodion Eisteddfod Dinbych 1828) , 1828 ;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , xvii, 244;
  • Thomas Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) , ii, 7.

Author:

Reverend Robert William Hughes, (1885-1954), Y Felinheli / Port Dinorwig

Published date: 1959