Gwylim Deudraeth Papers

Scope and Content

Poems, in particular englynion, written by Gwilym Deudraeth. Also, 2 bound volumes of letters, one containing 116 letters written by Gwilym Deudraeth to J. W. Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog, mostly undated, which contain some of his poetical compositions. He writes of his life in Wales and gives his opinion on Welsh writers and adjudicators.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Thomas Edwards, 1863 - 1940, is better known by his bardic name, Gwilym Deudraeth. Although born into a seafaring family, he went to work at the Oakeley Quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog and later on the Ffestiniog Railway.

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. He died in 1940.


Items received at different occasions and thus incorporated separately into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Access Information

Open to all users.

Acquisition Information

Several items presented by J. W. Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, June 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Item level typescript catalogues are available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 1548, 2545, 3009-3009B, 9782-83, 10373

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Custodial History

3 items were given to J. W. Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog by the widow of Gwilym Deudraeth, on the day of her husband's funeral. Item 2545 was in the possession of W. Isaac Davies whilst compiling Ychydig ar gof a chadw.

Related Material

Further material relating to Gwilym Deudraeth is held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Consult the Papers of J.W. Jones, Blaenau Ffestiniog and the card indices of the Department for details.


Gwilym Deudraeth, Ychydig ar gof a chadw, 1926