DAVIES, DAVID JOSHUA (1877 - 1945), dramatist

Name: David Joshua Davies
Date of birth: 1877
Date of death: 1945
Spouse: Annie Davies (née Davies)
Parent: Mary Davies (née Evans)
Parent: John Davies
Gender: Male
Occupation: dramatist
Area of activity: Literature and Writing; Performing Arts
Author: Gwilym Richard Tilsley

Born in Troedyrhiw, Llanwenog, Cardiganshire, 26 December 1877, son of John Davies and Mary (née Evans) his wife. He was educated in Mydroilyn elementary school and the tutorial school in New Quay. He almost lost his sight there, but after recuperating he became an apprentice in an ironmonger's store in Swansea. He returned to manage the co-operative store at Llannarth. In 1910 he took a smallholding and later a shop and post office in Pontrhyd-y-groes, where he spent the rest of his life. He held important offices in his denomination (Meth.), and in the county council, where he became chairman of the education committee. He wrote a great deal to the local press on political topics, but his greatest distinction was to win the prize at the National Eisteddfod in Neath in 1918 for his very popular play Maes y Meillion. His play Owen Glyndŵr remains unpublished. He married Annie Davies, New Quay, 6 April 1904, in St. Paul's Aberystwyth, and they had four children. He died 8 January 1945, and was buried in New Quay.


Published date: 2001

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