Born 25 July 1853 near Llan-nonn, Cardiganshire; he was at a grammar school at Aberystwyth, and afterwards became a teacher at Llwyncelyn British school, near Aberaeron.In 1872 he joined the clerical staff of the Pontypool-Hirwaun railway, but in 1886 settled down at Aberdare as representative, first, of the Merthyr Express, and afterwards of the South Wales Daily News. He rendered much service to the town, and especially to its Welsh cultural movements; he published an annual almanac which contained much information on the history of Aberdare. But he is best remembered for his Rhestr Eisteddfodau, a list of eisteddfodau down to 1901, which was published posthumously in 1914, with a biographical introduction by J. Morgan Jones, on which the present note is based. The book is very useful: down to 1823 it has bibliographical references, and additional notes down to 1860; it also includes an essay on the old eisteddfodau held at Aberdare. Richards died 2 June 1913.
Published date: 1959
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