THOMAS, JOHN (1757 - 1835), Penfforddwen, poet, etc.;

Name: John Thomas
Date of birth: 1757
Date of death: 1835
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Home: Penfforddwen
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Poetry
Author: Robert (Bob) Owen

Born 1757 at Allt-ddu in the parish of Llannor, Caernarfonshire, and christened 10 July 1757. He became a weaver, seaman, and schoolmaster; at one time he served in a customs office in Liverpool. He spent the greater part of his life at Penffordd-wen in the parish of Nantglyn, Denbighshire; he afterwards lived in Llwynbidwal, Bryneglwys, in the same county. He acquired some proficiency in astronomy and prepared some almanacks. He published (a) Urania, neu Grefydd Ddadleuon, 1793 - a species of interlude; (b) Annerch Ieuengtyd Gymru, yn IV Rhan, 1795 (with two later eds.); (c) Telyn Arian, sef Llyfr Barddoniaeth, c. 1800 (and about six subsequent eds.); (d) Nabl Arian, sef Llyfr Barddoniaeth, 1827. He died at Overton, Flintshire, 2 January 1835, and was buried there.


Published date: 1959

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