PARRY, THOMAS (Llanerchydd; c. 1809 - 1874), poet

Name: Thomas Parry
Pseudonym: Llanerchydd
Date of birth: c. 1809
Date of death: 1874
Parent: Margaret Parry (née Williams)
Parent: Richard Parry
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Hywel David Emanuel

son of Richard and Margaret Parry of Llannerch-y-medd, Anglesey, and a brother to Richard Parry (Gwalchmai). He was a saddler by trade, and played a prominent part in the social and cultural life of Llannerch-y-medd. He was also deacon and secretary of the Congregational chapel in the village for many years. But it is as a poet that he is chiefly remembered. After winning his first prize at Llannerch-y-medd eisteddfod in 1835 for an elegy, he won many further successes during the next twenty years at eisteddfodau in London, Abergavenny, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhuddlan, and other centres. After a short illness, Llanerchydd died on 11 November 1874, at the age of 65, leaving a widow and a daughter, and was buried at Llannerch-y-medd.


Published date: 1959

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