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PUDDICOMBE , ANNE ADALISA (‘ Allen Raine ’; 1836 - 1908 ), novelist ; b. 6 Oct. 1836 in Bridge Street , Newcastle Emlyn, Carms. , the eldest child of Benjamin and Letitia Grace Evans . Her father was a lawyer , and a grandson of David Davis of Castellhywel ( 1745 - 1827 ) (q.v.) , whilst her mother was the daughter of Thomas Morgan , a surgeon of Newcastle Emlyn , and grand-daughter of Daniel Rowland of Llangeitho ( 1713 - 1790 ) (q.v.) . During childhood she attended a school at Carmarthen , and from 1849 to 1851 , she was educated with the family of Henry Solly , Unitarian minister at Cheltenham . During the years 1851-6 she resided with her sister at Southfields , near Wimbledon . She learned French and Italian and was a capable musician . In 1856 she returned to Wales , and there spent the next sixteen years. On 10 April 1872 , at Penbryn church, Cards. , she m. Blynon Puddicombe , foreign correspondent of Smith Payne's Bank , London . For the following eight years they lived at Addiscombe , near Croydon , and then at Winchmore Hill , Middlesex . In Feb. 1900 , as her husband suffered from a mental affliction , she removed him to Bron-môr , Traeth-saith, Cards. , where, on 29 May 1906 , he d. She continued to reside there until her death on 21 June 1908 . Both were buried in Penbryn churchyard.

In her youth, with the help of a few friends, she published a short-lived periodical called Home Sunshine , which was printed at Newcastle Emlyn . In 1894 she shared a prize offered at the Caernarvon national eisteddfod for a serial dealing with Welsh life, and this was later published in the North Wales Observer under the title ‘ Ynysoer .’ In June 1896 she finished writing a novel called ‘ Mifanwy ,’ but having had it rejected by six publishers, she changed the title to ‘ A Welsh Singer , by Allen Raine .’ She dramatised this novel, but it was only performed on one occasion. After this she produced one novel after another in quick succession, Torn Sails , 1898 ; By Berwyn Banks , 1899 ; Garthowen , 1900 ; A Welsh Witch , 1902 ; On the Wings of the Wind , 1903 ; Hearts of Wales , 1905 ; and Queen of the Rushes , 1906 (which depicts a number of incidents of the religious revival of 1904 and 1905 ). Published posthumously were Neither Store-house nor Barn , 1908 (which had already appeared in serial form in the Cardiff Times ); All in a Month , 1908 (treating of her husband's malady); Where Billows Roll , 1909 ; Under the Thatch , 1910 (dealing with cancer , from which the author died). In 1909 there was published An Allen Raine Birthday Book . She contributed a number of short stories to various periodicals, and in Wales , 1897 , vol. iv, there appears an English translation by her of Ceiriog 's poem ‘ Alun Mabon .’

Bibliography:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • South Wales Daily News and Western Mail , 23 June 1908;
  • Yr Ymofynnydd , Sept. 1908;
  • Wales, the National Magazine for the Welsh People ), 1911–4 , May 1911.

Author:

Dr David Jenkins, C.B.E., M.A., D.Litt., (1912-2002), Penrhyn-coch, Aberystwyth