He wrote extensively for the publications of his denomination . He won a prize in the national eisteddfod at Abergavenny in 1913 , for a translation into Welsh of Robert Louis Stevenson 's novel Treasure Island , and for a critical Essay on the ‘ Works and art of Islwyn ’. In the national eisteddfod in Pwllheli , 1925 , he shared a prize for his novel Toriad y Wawr , published in 1928 by Hugh Evans and Sons , Liverpool . The other winner was Lewis Davies , Cymer (see above ), for his novel, Wat Emwnt , published by the same company in the same year. In the Bangor national eisteddfod of 1931 , Morris Thomas won first prize with his novel Pen yr Yrfa , published in the office of the Goleuad in Caernarfon in 1932 .
He was considered to be a good historian , and he was appointed to write the history of the Llŷn and Eifionydd Presbytery , left unfinished by Henry Hughes , Bryncir ( DWB , 375) . According to his own account, he tired of the work and the task of trying to make sense of Henry Hughes ’ notes, and he turned the work into a novel. Toriad y Wawr is a story of the early days of Methodism in the Llŷn peninsula in the days of ‘ Morgan y Gogrwr ’ ( Morgan Gruffydd , see under Griffith Williams , 1769 - 1838 ; DWB , 1039) . He wrote another novel, Y Clogwyn Melyn , which was never published. He used also to publish a short story in the Christmas number of the Goleuad .
His wife, L.M. Thomas , a native of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog , was a sister of Prof. Richard Morris of the college in Bala . She too wrote extensively for children , and contributed regularly to the periodicals Trysorfa'r Plant and Y Gymraes . Morris Thomas retired in 1945 , and went to live in Tal-y-bont , in the Conwy Valley . He d. there in 1959 .
Derwyn Jones, M.A., Bangor / Colwyn Bay
Published date: 2001