b. in May 1831 at [ Penrhos, but the family removed in a few weeks to] Pen'singrug, Llanfor, Mer. — the stream after which he took his bardic name flows through Llanfor hamlet. He was the eldest of the eleven children of Robert and Margaret Roberts; the mother was grand-daughter of the hymnist William Edwards (1773 - 1853), and was thus related to the poet Robert William(s) (1744 - 1815) of Pandy. Dewi was a tailor; his life was irregular and he was often destitute. He lived for a while at Cefnddwysarn, but afterwards mostly at Llandderfel; he d. [in the workhouse at Bala ] 27 Aug. 1884, and was buried at Llandderfel. He published, in 1876, a small volume, Oriau'r Awen, which has run into three editions — the last in 1927. Very competent judges have deemed him one of the best composers of englynion.
Published date: 1959
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