Born in Vale Street, Denbigh, 29 November 1800. Like his father, Richard Griffith, he was a watch- and clock-maker by trade. He was a powerful man physically and, as a Wesleyan lay preacher, (1827-94), frequently walked thirty miles to keep his Sunday engagements - at the age of eighty-four he walked to the top of Snowdon and back. He says: 'I was appointed Arch-druid … in 1860; but it was at Wrexham eisteddfod in the year 1876 that I was licensed as Archdruid of the Gorsedd … of the Bards of the Isle of Britain ' (Yr Eurgrawn, 1895, 127). From 1860 to 1894 he only missed one (Carmarthen) of these eisteddfodau. He began his long career as an adjudicator at a local eisteddfod (Llan-nerch-y-medd, 1835) and he was the official bard of the Aberffraw eisteddfod in 1849. He competed against Bardd Nantglyn (Robert Davies, 1769 - 1835) on many occasions and was awarded a silver medal as early as 1827 for a translation of Goldsmith's ' Deserted Village,' and composed the englynion which appear on the tombstone of Owen Williams of Waun-fawr (1790 - 1874). In 1890 the government made him an award of £200. He died 30 October 1894.
Published date: 1959
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