HOWELLS, THOMAS (Hywel Cynon, 1839 - 1905), collier, printer, poet, preacher, and musician

Name: Thomas Howells
Pseudonym: Hywel Cynon
Date of birth: 1839
Date of death: 1905
Gender: Male
Occupation: collier, printer, poet, preacher, and musician
Area of activity: Business and Industry; Music; Performing Arts; Poetry; Printing and Publishing; Religion
Author: Robert David Griffith

Born 12 October 1839, at Glyn Neath, Glamorganshire. The family moved to Rhymney and the son began to work as a collier's boy when he was only seven years old. Later, at Aberaman, whither the family had moved from Rhymney, he was able to receive some education and he began to attend an evening class conducted by the Rev. John Davies. In 1858 John Roberts (Ieuan Gwyllt) came to Aberdare and Hywel Cynon benefited by association with him and with the musicians who lived in the district. In 1866 he acquired the printing plant which had belonged to Tafalaw and thereafter he worked as a printer; he was also a local preacher. He published two collections of poems - Awelon yr Haf and Cerddi Hywel Cynon. He also composed some pieces of music, e.g. ' Gwnewch bopeth yn Gymraeg ' and a hymn-tune; the latter appears in Llyfr Tonau (Stephen and Jones). He published, in 1871, a Geirlyfr Cerddorol which proved very useful. He was a soloist in one of the concerts given by the Aberdare United Choral Union; he also conducted musical festivals and acted as adjudicator. He died 15 October 1905 and was buried in the Aberdare cemetery.


Published date: 1959

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