PRICHARD, THOMAS JEFFERY LLEWELYN (died 1875?), travelling actor and author

Name: Thomas Jeffery Llewelyn Prichard
Date of death: 1875?
Spouse: Naomi Prichard (née Jones)
Parent: Ann Prichard
Parent: Thomas Prichard
Gender: Male
Occupation: travelling actor and author
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Performing Arts
Author: William Llewelyn Davies

Born in the parish of Trallong, Brecknock. He was married at Abergavenny, 14 January 1826, to Naomi Jones of Builth (Seren Gomer, 1826, 122). He is known to have taken part in plays given at Brecon in (e.g., 1841) and at Aberystwyth; it is also said that for some time he was employed by lady Llanover (when she was lady Hall) to catalogue the library in her Monmouthshire home. The work by which he is best remembered today is The Adventures and Vagaries of Twm Shôn Catti , which was first published at Aberystwyth in 1828 ('Printed for the Author by John Cox '). This book ran into several editions - the second edition (Cowbridge) has a preface written by the author at Builth, September 1839, with references to William Owen Pughe, David Owen (Brutus), and W. J. Rees, Cascob; the third (authorized) edition at Llanidloes, 1871, was followed by a Welsh translation (Llanidloes, 1872) by 'Eilonydd,' i.e. John Evans. Other works by Prichard were Welsh Minstrelsy … or Cantrev y Gwaelod. A Poem … (Aberystwyth, 1824); The New Aberystwyth Guide (Aberystwyth, 1824); The Cambrian Balnea: or Guide to the Watering Places of Wales, Marine and Inland (London, 1825) with another version entitled The Llandrindod Guide (n.d.), The Heroines of Welsh History (London, 1854). He was also the editor and part-author of The Cambrian Wreath; A Selection of English Poems on Welsh Subjects … (Aberystwyth, 1828). He appears to have died, in poverty, at Swansea, in 1875 [or 1876]; Cyfaill yr Aelwyd , 1887 (113 ) says he was buried there, in Tabernacle graveyard. He was alive on 24 November 1875, the date of one of his letters printed in Cymru Fu, II, v, 80.


Published date: 1959

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Initially Jeffery Llewelyn was a pseudonym (see some of his translations of Welsh poems in Cambro-Briton (1819-20), 393-4) which he combined with his baptismal name in Welsh Minstrelsy. He was, apparently, born at Builth in 1789 or 1790, son of Thomas Prichard, 'lawyer', and Anne, his wife. He moved around a great deal - to London where he came into contact with some prominent Welshmen c. 1819, Aberystwyth, Abergavenny, Builth (where he married Naomi Jones in 1826 and stayed until c. 1839). He catalogued Llanover library 1841-54 but died in great poverty at Swansea in January 1862, aged 72. See articles by Sam Adams in Anglo-Welsh Rev., 23 (1974), 21-60, Brycheiniog, 21 (1984-85), 52-63, and his monograph in the Writers of Wales series (University of Wales Press), 2000.

    Published date: 1997


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