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LLEWELYN , MARY PENDRILL ( née Mary Catherine Rhys , 1811 - 1874 ), translator and writer ;

b. 12 March 1811 at Cowbridge, Glam. ; she became the wife of the Rev. R. Pendrill Llewelyn , vicar of Llangynwyd , near Maes-teg, Glam. Both she and her husband were greatly interested in Welsh literature , and many stanzas of her own composition appeared in The Cambrian and Merthyr Guardian ; she published in 1850 a translated collection of Welsh hymns , mainly those of William Williams ( Pantycelyn ) . It is said that she also translated a number of the ballads of Dafydd Nicolas (q.v.) . She d. 19 Nov. 1874 .


  • Mrs. Penderel Llewelyn , Hymns translated from the Welsh (London, 1857) , 1850 ;
  • T. C. Evans (Cadrawd), History of Llangynwyd Parish, with Illustrations (Llanelli, 1887) , 1887, 188 ;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) (1908) ;
  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg (1948) , 254, 256, 257.


Ray Looker, (Mrs Ray Morgan), Cardiff / Rhymni

Published date: 1959