MORGAN, GRIFFITH (‘Guto Nyth-brân’; 1700 - 1737), a fabulous cross-country runner

Name: Griffith Morgan
Pseudonym: Guto Nyth-brân
Date of birth: 1700
Date of death: 1737
Gender: Male
Occupation: cross-country runner
Area of activity: Sports and Leisure Pursuits
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

of Llanwynno, Glamorganshire. The few definite facts known of him, together with a mass of fable, will be found in the entertaining book Plwy Llanwynno, by William Glanffrwd Thomas. He is there said to have been born in 1700 at Llwyncelyn, on the southern edge of Llanwynno, above Hafod (near Pontypridd), but his family soon moved to the adjoining Nyth-brân. He died in 1737 — dropping dead after covering the twelve miles from Newport, Monmouth, to Bedwas church in fifty-three minutes. There is a memorial on his grave at Llanwynno.


Published date: 1959

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