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GRIFFITH , RICHARD (‘ Carneddog ’; 1861 - 1947 ), poet, writer, and journalist ; b. 26 Oct. 1861 , son of Morris and Mary Griffith in Carneddi , a small mountain farm in the parish of Nantmor, Caerns. , and not far from Beddgelert . ‘ Carneddog ’ spent the whole of his life up to 1945 (when he and his wife went to live with their son in Hinckley , Leicestershire ) in Carneddi , where his ancestors had lived for several generations. He was educated in local schools at Nantmor (under William Ellis ) and Beddgelert (under George Thomas ). He was a sheep farmer but he became better known as a poet , prose writer , and journalist . An eisteddfod competitor early in life, he also began to contribute to Welsh weekly newspapers, e.g. Baner ac Amserau Cymru , Y Genedl Gymreig , and Yr Herald Cymraeg , c . 1881 ; his weekly column (‘ Manion y Mynydd ’) in Yr Herald Cymraeg was very widely read over a number of years. He contributed articles and notes to Cymru , Bye-Gones , etc., wrote biographies of Richard Jones Owen (‘ Glaslyn ’; DWB , 719) , Richard Morris (‘ Yr Hên Lanc ’), ‘ Tegfelyn ’, and John Jones (‘ Jac Glanygors ’; DWB , 476) ; he prepared three selections for reciters (he often adjudicated in eisteddfodau ) and also published Blodau'r Gynghanedd , Cerddi Eryri , and Ceinion y Cwm . He had an inexhaustible store of local lore, collected books and manuscripts (see NLW MSS. 7234-53 and 8404 ), and was always ready to give information to inquirers and to his numerous correspondents — he was, in short, an excellent example of the knowledgeable and cultured country-man writer . He m. 11 Jan. 1889 Catherine , dau. of Cadwaladr Owen , Nantmor and they had 2 sons. He d. 23 May 1947 at Hinckley and was buried at Beddgelert .

Bibliography:

  • Personal knowledge;
  • [ Y Brython , 26 May 1921 ;
  • E. Namora Williams , Carneddog a'i deulu , 1985 (1985) ;
  • photograph of Carneddog and his wife by Geoff Charles 23/25 May 1947 , NLW Charles collection].

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor