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DAVIES , JOHN ( Peirianydd Gwynedd ; 1783 - 1855 ), engineer, carpenter, smith, clock-maker, poet, and musician ;

b. 1783 at Hafod-y-foel , Llanbryn-mair , brother of the Rev. Evan Davies (‘ Eta Delta ,’ q.v.) . In 1820 he set himself up in business at Dôl-goch , Talerddig , in the same parish, as a manufacturer of wool-making machinery . He supplied woollen mills in every county in Wales with machines for carding, combing, and weaving; at one time there were branches of his business at Dolgelley and Carmarthen . His son, ROBERT , worked in partnership with him. One of his looms ( c. 1820 ) can be seen at the Welsh Folk Museum , S. Fagans , where it is still in regular use. He d. 20 Sept. 1855 .


  • Iorwerth C. Peate , Guide to the Collection Illustrating Welsh Folk Crafts and Industries (Cardiff, 1935) , 33-6;
  • personal research.


Iorwerth Cyfeiliog Peate, D.Sc., F.S.A., D.Litt., (1901-82), St Fagans / Llandaf

Published date: 1959