Born at Llanrwst, he was educated at the local grammar school, and afterwards apprenticed as a printer. He revealed much literary talent while still young, and between 1835 and 1860 in particular many of his poems were published in Seren Gomer, Y Dysgedydd, Y Diwygiwr, Y Gwladgarwr, and Y Drysorfa. In turn he lived at Cefn-mawr, Llanfaircaereinion, Cardiff, and Merthyr Tydfil, before finally settling down at Llanfaircaereinion, Montgomeryshire, in 1844; there he married Elizabeth Watkin. He was an ardent Baptist, and in politics an uncompromising Liberal. During his lifetime he was an acknowledged authority on Welsh grammar and syntax, and a master of cynghanedd. A most successful eisteddfod competitor and winner of many chairs, he was also a popular adjudicator. He edited Yr Hyfforddwr for a time from 1852, and from 1858 he was responsible for Y Llusern. He died 24 July 1906, aged 93 years. His manuscripts were presented to the National Library of Wales in 1926.
Published date: 1959
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