PARRY, ROBERT (Robyn Ddu Eryri; 1804 - 1892), poet

Name: Robert Parry
Pseudonym: Robyn Ddu Eryri
Date of birth: 1804
Date of death: 1892
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Edward Morgan Humphreys

Born at Caernarvon, 7 February 1804, son of a tailor who was also a bonesetter and a versifier. He was for a period a pupil at Evan Richardson's school and showed some signs of talent which won for him the patronage of Peter Bailey Williams. He failed to master any craft or trade and spent years of his life wandering from place to place in Wales and England; he once visited the United States, but did not stay long. He was at different times, a schoolmaster, a lawyer's clerk, a preacher, a lecturer on temperance, an advocate of Mormonism, and, between 1850 and 1852, editor of Y Wawr, a periodical published in Cardiff. He was best known as a speaker on temperance; many doubted his sincerity, in view of his own conduct, but John Davies (Gwyneddon), who knew him well, believed him to have been too harshly judged. His verse, although he wrote a great deal, is of little account. The most interesting thing he wrote is the autobiography which serves as an introduction to the collection of his poems Teithiau a Barddoniaeth Robyn Ddu Eryri, published by Hugh Humphreys, Caernarvon, in 1857. This is rambling, but it is a picture of the man. Bangor MSS. 636, 752-5, 978, 1286, 1549, 3839, 4870, 5277, at U.C.N.W., are in his hand. He died at Ludlow, 4 November 1892, at the age of 88, and was buried at Ludford.


Published date: 1959

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