Born 23 June 1870 in Tyddyn Ifan, Islaw'r Dref, Dolgellau, Merionethshire, to David and Margaret Lloyd. He received some education in Arthog school, but more, he claimed, from the literary societies of the churches and the Good Templars. In 1878 he moved to Cwm Bwlchcoch, Dolgellau. After being an apprentice printer in the office of Y Dydd, he went to Aberdare in 1891 as a compositor in the office of Y Darian. In 1893, he moved to Merthyr, to the office of Y Tyst, and in 1902 returned to Aberdare, to the office of Y Darian, and the Aberdare Leader. Later, he established his own printing business where he remained until his retirement in 1940. He was editor of Y Darian for a while. He edited the poetry column of Y Darian for two years; he was a teacher of poets and an unfailing supporter of every Welsh and literary movement in his district, a local preacher (Wesleyan) for more than half a century, and a popular lecturer. He was an extremely able poet, and writer in the strict Welsh metres, and won the chair in many eisteddfodau, and hundreds of other prizes. He published 18 books — biographies, sermons, short stories, but chiefly of his own poetry. His englyn, ‘Lliwiau'r Hydref’, became famous, as did some of his hymns, such as ‘Arhosaf yng nghysgod fy Nuw’, and ‘I bob un sy'n ffyddlon’. In 1896 he married Sarah Ann Gravell, and they had 4 children. He died on 14 September 1946 in Aberdare.
Published date: 2001
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