Abergavenny, 1838: the elegy for Gomer

History of the Welsh Eisteddfodau
History of the Welsh Eisteddfodau

Here's another medal from the year 1838, and here he is once again, William Williams, Caledfryn, a man who made his mark in Beaumaris some six years previously with his awdl on the shipwreck of the Rothesay Castle. Here in 1838 he composed an elegy to the famous Joseph Harris, Gomer, the man who founded the paper which led of course to the famous periodical, Seren Gomer, one of the first magazines to report on the eisteddfodau in Wales. Caledfryn wrote in memory of Gomer and his son, the famous Ieuan Ddu, who died at a tragically young age, and who, it had been predicted, would have become a star on the Welsh cultural scene.

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