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GRIFFITHS , EVAN THOMAS ( 1886 - 1967 ), teacher, scholar and writer ;

b. 20 Feb. 1886 , in Llanafan, Cards. , the son of David and Anne Griffiths ; he was baptised on 11 Mar . at Llanafan parish church . He received his early education at Llanafan primary school and the school's records note that he was a pupil-teacher , 1902-04 , and a former pupil-teacher, 1905 . In Sept. 1904 , he was successful at the University of London's matriculation examination and entered the University College of Wales , Aberystwyth , in Sept. 1905 . It is on record that, on his departure, the teachers and pupils at Llanafan school gave him a present of books. In 1909 , he graduated with first-class honours in French and he was awarded, in 1914 , an M.A. of the University of Wales for a textual study: ‘ The Map-cycle in Italy and especially of the Chantari di Lancilotto, with a short introduction on the history of the Arthurian tradition in Italy ’. He also studied at a number of institutes on the continent. During his professional career, he was, in succession, a school-teacher in London ; a lecturer at the University of Manchester ; a schoolteacher at Newport, Mon. ; the headmaster of Llanfyllin County School ; and the headmaster of Barry Grammar School . He retired in 1948 and spent some time, during his retirement, in Australia where he was awarded a D.Litt. degree by the University of Melbourne . He returned to Wales and settled first at Aberaeron and then at Llandre , near Aberystwyth . He d. at Bronglais Hospital , Aberystwyth , on 6 Nov. 1967 .

Griffiths published two scholarly works which reflected his interest in French and Italian , i.e., Oeuvres Poétiques de Jean de Lingendes ( Paris , 1916 ), and Li Chantari di Lancilotto ( Oxford , 1924 ). He also published a number of books containing French exercises for students. In collaboration with William Ll. Davies (see above) he published The Tutorial Welsh Course, Parts I and II (in several impressions from 1914 ). However, he is remembered more for his adaptations and translations into Welsh from the Romance languages and which include the following: Yr Hogyn Pren neu helyntion Pinocio (from Italian , 1938 ); Cerddi'r Trwbadŵr ( 1954 ); Calon (from Italian , 1959 ); Platero a minnau (with T. Ifor Rees , from Spanish , 1961 ); Atgofion dyddiau ysgol (from Italian , 1965 ); Cerddi estron (from several languages, 1966 ); Y Sgarff felen a storïau eraill (from Italian , 1966 ), and Y Diriogaeth goll (from French , 1969 ). He also published a collection of short stories, Storïau glannau Ystwyth ( 1957 ). Typescripts and manuscripts of some of his writings are held by N.L.W.

Sources:

  • Llanafan parish registers;
  • Llanafan primary school registers;
  • Register of deaths, North Cardiganshire Division;
  • University of Wales Calendar (various years);
  • catalogue of printed books, N.L.W.;
  • Glyn Lewis Jones , Llyfryddiaeth Ceredigion, 1600-1964 , Llyfrgell Ceredigion, Aberystwyth, 1967 , ( 1967 );
  • idem, A Bibliography of Cardiganshire… 1964-1968 Supplement , Aberystwyth, 1970 (1970);
  • The Cambrian News , 11 Nov. 1967 ;
  • NLW MS 21689.

Author:

Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001