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MORGAN , ELUNED ( 1870 - 1938 ), writer ;

b. on board the Myfanwy in the Bay of Biscay , daughter of Lewis Jones ( 1836 - 1904 ) (q.v.) , and given the surname ‘ Morgan ’ at her christening. She was brought up in the Welsh colony in Patagonia , where she was educated at the Welsh school kept by R. J. Berwyn (q.v.) and ‘ Glan Tywi .’ She came to Wales in 1885 , and again in 1888 when she entered Dr. Williams's school at Dolgelley , where she spent the next two years. After returning to the Colony she kept a boarding school for girls for two years. In 1891 she began to compete for the essay prizes in the Colony eisteddfodau , and in 1893 was for a time editor and compositor of Y Drafod . She visited Wales again in 1896 , and in 1897 began to publish articles in Cymru (O.M.E.) . She worked hard to establish an intermediate Welsh school at Caiman . In 1898 she travelled in the Andes and sent an account of her journey to Cymru (O.M.E.) ( 1899-1900 ). During 1903-9 she was an assistant at Cardiff Library and travelled the whole of Wales , lecturing ; before returning to the Colony she visited the Middle East . She again lived in Cardiff from 1912 until 1918 , when she returned once more to the Colony, where she was a leader in the religious life of the Welsh community until her death, 29 Dec. 1938 . She published four books: Dringo'r Andes , 1904 (2nd imp. 1907 , 3rd imp. 1917 ); Gwymon y Môr , 1909 , giving an account of the voyage from Wales to Patagonia ; Ar Dir a Môr , 1913 , an account of her visit to Palestine ; and Plant yr Haul , 1915 (3rd imp. 1926 ), relating the story of the Indians of Peru .

Sources:

  • Y Dravod newyddur y Wladva , 1939 ;
  • Saunders Lewis , Ysgrifau Dydd Mercher (Aberystwyth, 1945) , 84-92;
  • R. Bryn Williams , Eluned Morgan bywgraffiad a detholiad (Llandysul, 1948) (biography and selected writings);
  • id., Rhyddiaith y Wladfa (Denbigh, 1949) , 40.

Author:

Reverend Richard Bryn Williams, M.A., (1902-81), Rhuthyn / Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959