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Tilsley, Gwilym Richard
1911-1997; e.m. 1935

Welsh WM minister, born at Van, near Llanidloes, on 26 May 1911 and educated at University College, Aberystwyth and Wesley House, Cambridge. He became well known throughout Wales and was President of the Welsh Assembly in 1969. One of the nation's leading poets, he was the chaired bard at the National Eisteddfod in both 1950 and 1957, and his two winning odes (the former in praise of the coal miner and the latter lamenting the decline of the slate quarrying communities) were included in a collection of his works, Y Glowr a Cherddi Eraill (1958). He was Archdruid of Wales, 1969-72 and wrote some notable hymns (both original and translated from English). His Pantyfedwen Lecture on the religious element in Welsh poetry, Crefydd y Beirdd, was published in 1977. He was the last editor of Yr Eurgrawn, 1966-83. He died at Prestatyn on 30 August 1997.

Sources

  • Cydymaith i Lenyddiaeth Cymru p.577
  • New Companion to the Literature of Wales, (1998)
  • Methodist Recorder, 9 Oct. 1997

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