Born 3 February 1822 at Cilgynydd, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, son of John Evans, minister of Pen-y-groes, (Pembrokeshire) and Hebron, (Carmarthenshire) Independent churches. Early in life he became a successful draper at Narberth, and devoted much time to educational work, gaining the commendation of R. R. W. Lingen (see the 1847 Report of Commissioners on Education in Wales) for his services as secretary of Narberth district Sunday school union. Evans gave up his shop to establish at Haverfordwest (1847) a Liberal weekly newspaper, The Principality, which he transferred to Cardiff (1848) with Evan Jones (Ieuan Gwynedd, 1820 - 1852) as editor. The same year differences on educational policy led to the editor's resignation, and two years later the paper ceased publication, the venture leaving Evans the poorer by £5,000. He next founded the monthly, Y Wawr, which collapsed with the fifteenth issue. Thereafter Evans wrote much for the Western Mail and became a Conservative. He was secretary of the 1883 national eisteddfod held in Cardiff. Before his death on 2 October 1896 he received £100 from the Treasury in recognition of his literary services.
Published date: 1959
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