ROBERTS, RICHARD (GWYLFA) (1871 - 1935), Congregational minister, poet and prose-writer

Name: Richard Roberts
Pseudonym: GWYLFA
Date of birth: 1871
Date of death: 1935
Parent: Ellen Roberts
Parent: Richard Roberts
Gender: Male
Occupation: Congregational minister, poet and prose-writer
Area of activity: Eisteddfod; Literature and Writing; Poetry; Religion
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

b. 24 May (according to Who's Who in Wales, presumably his own statement), but according to some obituary notices, 22 May 1871, at Penmaenmawr, son of Richard and Ellen Roberts. He was at Botwnnog grammar school, and in 1892 went to Bala-Bangor Independent College. In 1895 he became pastor at Felinheli (‘Port Dinorwic’); from 1898 till his death he was pastor of Tabernacle church, Llanelly. He was a popular preacher, and a diligent writer; a frequent contributor to the periodical press, he was editor of Y Diwygiwr for 1906, one of the editors of Y Dysgedydd, 1912-14, and sole editor of it in 1931-3. In 1932 he edited the works of Rhys J. Huws. He was on two occasions (Ffestiniog, 1898, and Cardiff, 1899) ‘crowned’ at the national eisteddfod, and was runner-up for the ‘crown’ at Swansea, 1907 In 1898 he published a volume of poetry, Y Drain Gwynion. He was ‘recorder’ of the ‘Gorsedd of Bards’ at the time of his death; he died 8 July 1935 at Penmaenmawr, and was buried at Llanelly.


Published date: 1959

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