JONES, RICHARD ('Dofwy '; 1863 - 1956), folk poet

Name: Richard Jones
Pseudonym: Dofwy
Date of birth: 1863
Date of death: 1956
Gender: Male
Occupation: folk poet
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Gwilym Richard Tilsley

Born at Fron-goch, Cemais, Montgomeryshire, 3 May 1863. He received his only formal education at Dol-y-clwyd school, Cemais. He was apprenticed as a carpenter, but when he was twenty he and his brother went to farm Cwmeidrol, Cwmlline, where he remained for the rest of his life, with his wife and four children. Although a good musician and singer, he was primarily regarded locally as a poet. He mastered the rules of cynghanedd at an early age, and although no volume of his work was published, hundreds of his englynion and verses appeared in contemporary periodicals. He won his first prize for an englyn when he was twenty years old, and the last when he was ninety. He was a ' character ' in his own locality. He died 18 February 1956 and was buried in Cemais cemetery.


Published date: 2001

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