GITTINS, EDWARD (Iorwerth Pentyrch; 1843 - 1884); local historian

Name: Edward Gittins
Pseudonym: Iorwerth Pentyrch
Date of birth: 1843
Date of death: 1884
Gender: Male
Occupation: local historian
Area of activity: History and Culture
Authors: Walter Thomas Morgan, Edward Ronald Morris

Born at Llanfair Caereinion, Montgomeryshire., where he lived all his life. He was a blacksmith by trade and, though he had few opportunities for formal study, he established for himself a considerable reputation as a bard and a local historian. He was a frequent competitor at local eisteddfodau and gained several prizes for englynion. At Christmas 1881 he won a prize at the Llanfair eisteddfod for an essay in Welsh on the history of Llanfair. His work had considerable merit and was translated into English by T. W. Hancock and published in Collections, historical & archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire, xvi and xvii. The author died early in March 1884 at the age of forty-one, and was buried on 6 March.


Published date: 1959

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