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HOOSON , ISAAC DANIEL ( 1880 - 1948 ), solicitor and poet

Born 2 May 1880 , at Rhosllannerchrugog, Denb. , s. of Edward and Harriet Hooson . His father's family originally came from Cornwall. I. D. Hooson was educated at the Rhos board school and Ruabon grammar school . In 1897 he entered the service of Messrs Morris and Jones in Liverpool , where he stayed until 1904 when his father died. He was afterwards articled to a Wrexham solicitor and he remained there until the beginning of World War I . In the course of that war he served in the navy . On demobilisation in 1919 he settled as a partner in a firm of solicitors in Wrexham . From 1920 to 1943 he was Official Receiver in Bankruptcy in the Chester and North Wales area. He was a patron of Urdd Gobaith Cymru , and was a very useful member of the council of the National Eisteddfod and its committees. He wrote a good deal of poetry between 1900 and 1914 and his poems are found here and there in Cymru . Then he abandoned poetry for years and when he took it up again he was immediately recognised as one of Wales 's premier poets . His favourite forms were lyrics and ballads and all his poetry is characterised by a sureness of touch and by charm of vision and expression.

He published Y Fantell Fraith ( 1934 ), an adaptation of the ‘ Pied Piper of Hamlin ’, Cerddi a Baledi ( 1936 ), Y Gwin a Cherddi Eraill ( 1948 ). He was awarded an hon. M.A. by the University of Wales in 1948 . He died 18 Oct. 1948 .


  • W. R. Jones , Bywyd a Gwaith I.D. Hooson (1954) (1954) ;
  • information from Mr. H. Ellis Hughes , Coedpoeth.


Sir Thomas Parry, D.Litt., (1904-85), Bangor / Aberystwyth

Arwyn Lloyd Hughes, Llandaf

Published date: 2001