William Thomas Edwards

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William Thomas Edwards, better known by his bardic name, Gwilym Deudraeth, was born in Caernarfon in 1863. His family moved south to the peninsula whilst he was still quite young. Although born into a seafaring family, an early voyage to Le Havre proved too much, and he subsquently went to work at the Oakeley Quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog and later on the Festiniog Railway Company.

He initially worked as station master at Tan y Bwlch, later moving to the quieter environs of Dduallt. In 1881 he was living in Church Place, Penrhyndeudraeth with his parents and siblings. So far cannot be found in 1911.

He was a poet, composing numerous englynion, and his work was published in 1926, 'Ychydig ar gof a chadw' and in 1943, 'Yr Awen Barod'.

Bangor University has a collection of his papers[1]

He died in 1940, at Merton, Bootle.[2]

Census Entry for 1881[edit source]

An entry has been found for this person at Church Place, Penrhyndeudraeth
where the age is recorded as: 18

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