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COSLETT , COSLETT ( Carnelian ; 1834 - 1910 ), collier and poet ;

b. 15 April 1834 at Nantyceisiaid or Nantygleisiaid , near Machen ; the family (related to the old Methodist exhorter Edward Coslet ,) soon afterwards removed to Bedwas . He took to writing poetry under the tutelage of Caledfryn , who was then minister of Groes-wen , and began competing at eisteddfodau , though he never succeeded at the national eisteddfod. He d. 25 April 1910 , at Pontypridd , and was buried in Groes-wen burial-ground, where later a monument to him (illustration in Cymru, O.M.E. , xliii, 229) was erected.

His elder brother, WILLIAM COSLETT ( Gwilym Elian ; 1831 - 1904 ), a colliery official , was also a poet , and indeed, at several eisteddfodau defeated Islwyn , but was never successful at a national eisteddfod. He d. 22 Sept. 1904 , at Caerphilly . The brothers, members of ‘ Clic y Bont ’ — ‘ the Pont(ypridd) clique ’ — as were also such men as Brynfab , Dewi Wyn o Essyllt , and Glanffrwd , are interesting examples of the poets , of no great individual distinction, who formed bardic schools or circles in the industrial towns of South Wales during the 19th cent.


  • Y Geninen , March 1906 (on Gwilym Elian) and March 1911 (on Carnelian);
  • numerous references in Cymru (O.M.E.) (typed index in U.C.N.W. Library).


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959