REES, JONATHAN (Nathan Wyn; 1841 - 1905), poet, essayist, and eisteddfodwr

Name: Jonathan Rees
Pseudonym: Nathan Wyn
Date of birth: 1841
Date of death: 1905
Parent: Eunice Rees
Parent: James Rees
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet, essayist, and eisteddfodwr
Area of activity: Eisteddfod; Literature and Writing; Poetry
Author: James Ednyfed Rhys

Born 21 August 1841 at Puncheston, Pembrokeshire, son of James and Eunice Rees, and a brother of Evan Rees (Dyfed). He removed to Aberdare with his parents when 9 years of age, and then to Ystrad Rhondda in 1877. He served as a colliery official at Bodringallt for the rest of his life. He was prominent as an educationalist, and served on the Rhondda School Board for many years.

Attaining eminence as a poet in his youth, he was a very successful competitor on all metres in the national eisteddfod during the last thirty years of his life. At the Liverpool national eisteddfod in 1900 he was awarded as many as six prizes in various competitions. He published Caniadau Nathan Wyn, Munudau Hamddenol. Many of his poems and essays appeared in Y Gwladgarwr, Y Geninen, and Cymru (O.M.E.). He died 13 June 1905.


Published date: 1959

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