His major interests lay in writing poetry , and competing and adjudicating in eisteddfodau . He won many prizes at the National Eisteddfod including the chair at Corwen , 1919 , and also at Mold , 1923 . His entries showed a complete mastery of cynghanedd and of the Welsh language. He was president of the Unitarian Association in South Wales in 1920 and twelve of his hymns appeared in Y Perlau Moliant , though he rejected religion from the 1930 s onwards. On behalf of the Cardiganshire Antiquarian Society he edited the words (collected mostly by J. Ffos Davies ), and D.J. de Lloyd (see below) the music, of Forty Welsh traditional tunes ( 1929 ). He contributed regularly to The Welsh Gazette over a period of about 60 years, and also to Yr Ymofynnydd , Y Genhinen and The Western Mail (see Glyn Lewis Jones , A bibliography of Cardiganshire, 1600-1964 , ( 1967 ) and the Supplement, 1964-8 ( 1970 ) for a bibliography of much of his work). When he was 88 years old he published Chwedlau ac Odlau ( 1963 ), which portrays local characters and includes a selection of his own poems. But his main work, in collaboration with his second wife, was a local history, Hanes plwyf Llanwenog ( 1936 ; 2nd ed. 1939 ). They also wrote a history of the parish of Llanwnnen , parts of which were published in the Welsh Gazette .
He m. (1), summer 1895 , Elizabeth Thomas , who d. 12 Feb. 1908 leaving three daughters and a son. He m. (2), 1914 , Zabeth Susanah Owen , headmistress of Blaenau school , Gors-goch . He d. 29 Dec. 1964 , five days after his wife.
Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001