EDWARDS, WILLIAM (Gwilym Padarn; 1786 - 1857), poet

Name: William Edwards
Pseudonym: Gwilym Padarn
Date of birth: 1786
Date of death: 1857
Child: Griffith Edwards
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Griffith Milwyn Griffiths

He was a native of Llanberis, Caernarfonshire, where he worked as a quarryman.

Gaining considerable repute as a poet, he published a volume of verse, Eos Padarn, in 1829, including compositions submitted to the provincial eisteddfodau held at Wrexham, Caernarfon, and Brecon (1820-2). Since his reason for taking his work to the press was to ensure 'that some parts of my labour be remembered and preserved: and that all should not fall into oblivion', there was no need to include his contribution to the Carmarthen eisteddfod of 1819, which had already appeared in Awen Dyfed (1822). In his ode for this meeting, 'on the death of the outstanding military officer, Sir Thomas Picton', he commemorated Picton's career in the West Indies, including his promotion to 'Famed governor.../ In Trinidad', without, however, acknowledging the controversial and repugnant nature of his activity during this period.

He was buried at Llanberis 3 October 1857.

His son, Griffith Edwards (Gutyn Padarn), is separately noticed.


Published date: 1959

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