THOMAS, THOMAS EMLYN (Taliesin Craig-y-felin; 1822 - 1846), Unitarian minister, poet, and schoolmaster

Name: Thomas Emlyn Thomas
Pseudonym: Taliesin Craig-y-felin
Date of birth: 1822
Date of death: 1846
Parent: Elizabeth Thomas
Parent: David Thomas
Gender: Male
Occupation: Unitarian minister, poet, and schoolmaster
Area of activity: Education; Poetry; Religion
Author: David Jacob Davies

b. November 1822 at Pen-y-graig (Pengraigwnda), in the parish of Penbryn, Cards., son of David and Elizabeth Thomas. He was educated at a school which the rector maintained at his own expense at Troedyraur, at Ffrwd-y-fâl, and at Carmarthen Academy (1839-43). In 1843 he was ordained minister of the Unitarian churches at Cribin and Ciliau Aeron (see Seren Gomer, 1843, 275) and while he was there kept a school at Cribin. Some time before 1842 he edited a hand-written magazine called ‘Goleuni Glan Ceri’ (Gen., 1901, 71, 159). He contributed poems and articles of various kinds to Seren Gomer, 1842-6; some of his more important essays were ‘Awen,’ ‘Orgraph y Gymraeg,’ ‘Cofiant Mr. Rees Jones (Amnon),’ ‘Ofergoeledd Cenedl y Cymry.’ In ‘Ein Hiawnderau’ he called for the appointment of judges who could understand Welsh to try cases in the Welsh courts. He won the prize for the best englyn in the Abergavenny eisteddfod, 1845. He died 21 April 1846, and was buried at Troedyraur.

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Published date: 1959

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