THOMAS, FRANCIS (Crythwr Dall o Geredigion; 1726 - 1796)

Name: Francis Thomas
Pseudonym: Crythwr Dall O Geredigion
Date of birth: 1726
Date of death: 1796
Gender: Male
Area of activity: Music; Performing Arts
Author: Thomas Isfryn Jones

Born at Llanwenog, Cardiganshire. When 5 years old he lost his sight, but despite this handicap he became a proficient violinist and used to earn his living by playing at parties and other functions. He was also a good poet and was taught the poetic art by David Lloyd, Brynllefrith (1724 - 1779); Siôn Llwyd, grandfather of D. Lloyd Isaac, acted as his scribe. He wrote in both English and Welsh, and two of his poems - ' Cynghor i Fab Ieuanc ' and ' Hanes Cyflwr Dyn yn mhob rhan o'i oes ' - appeared in John Howell's (Ioan Howell) Blodau Dyfed, 1824. He died at Llanwenog, 4 March 1796.


Published date: 1959

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