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He began competing in the national eisteddfod early in the new century and won the chair twice, in 1906 at Caernarfon for an ode ‘ Y Lloer ’ (which immediately became popular because of its smooth, rhythmical lines) and in 1908 at Llangollen for an ode ‘ Ceiriog ’. He adjudicated the chair competition for nearly a quarter of a century and was Archdruid for the period 1936-39 . He wrote two scriptural plays in verse, Ruth ( 1909 ) and Esther ( 1911 ), set to music by James Davies . He wrote ‘ Cadair Tregaron ’ ( 1929 ), which appeared in Straeon y Gilfach Ddu ( 1931 ), in Glamorgan dialect portraying the colliers ' life there. His last volume was Y lloer a cherddi eraill ( 1936 ). Some of his poems which were set to music became very well-known, such as ‘ Clychau Cantre'r Gwaelod ’ and ‘ Canu'r plant ’.
He composed numerous hymns and was one of the editors of the hymns for the Caniedydd Cynulleidfaol Newydd ( 1921 ), and Caniedydd newydd yr Ysgol Sul ( 1930 ); he also assisted in preparing the Caniedydd ( 1960 ). It was he who edited the memorial volume to Hedd Wyn ( Ellis Humphrey Evans , DWB , 229) , Cerddi'r Bugail ( 1918 ), and he was editor of ‘ Congl y Beirdd ’ in Y Tyst , 1924-37 , and Y Dysgedydd , 1933-36 . He received an honorary M.A. degree from the University of Wales in 1930 .
He m. (1), 1899 , Claudia Bevan of Mountain Ash . She died giving birth to a son who d. within a year and five months. He m. (2), 1903 , Abigail Jenkins of Pontlotyn , sister to the mother of Sir Daniel Thomas Davies (see above) . She d. 24 June 1936 when he was in Bangor passing the chairmanship of the Union to John Dyfnallt Owen (see above) . He d. 6 May 1954 .
Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth
Published date: 2001