ROBERTS, WILLIAM (Gwilym Eryri; 1844 - 1895?), poet and editor

Name: William Roberts
Pseudonym: Gwilym Eryri
Date of birth: 1844
Date of death: 1895?
Parent: Catherine Roberts
Parent: David Roberts
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet and editor
Area of activity: Eisteddfod; Literature and Writing; Poetry
Author: Griffith Milwyn Griffiths

Born 22 March 1844 at Portmadoc, Caernarfonshire, the son of David and Catherine Roberts. He is said to have been a sailmaker. He won in many poetical competitions at eisteddfodau - mostly local, but also including the national eisteddfod held at Caernarvon in 1877. In 1879 he edited a volume of verse entitled Lloffion y Flwyddyn, which had appeared in the bardic column of the Herald Gymraeg, and in the 1880s a volume of the works of Mary Davies (1846 - 1882), the Portmadoc poetess, under the title Blodeu Eifion, sef Gwaith Barddonol Mair Eifion. Three of his own poems, which he had submitted in the competition for the chair at the national eisteddfod in 1884, 1887, and 1894 respectively, were published, viz., Awdl ar Gwilym Hiraethog, 1884; Y Frenhines Victoria, 1887; and Hunan Aberth, 1894. Other poems appear in manuscript in NLW MS 2126E and NLW MS 6679A .


Published date: 1959

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