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Glanffrwd's History of Llanwonno, 1843-90

(Hanes Plwyf Llanwonno)

By Rev. W.Thomas

Published in 1888 in serial form in the 'Darian' (Aberdare) & translated by Thomas Evans in 1950; published by Merthyr Express.

Indexed by Glenys Travis (Sept 2005).

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Chapter Headings

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  • Introduction (Thomas Evans)
  • Short Life of Glanffrwd (Thomas Evans)
  • Preface to the second edition (Erbin Thomas 'ap Glanffrwd')
  • Preface to the first edition (Glanffrwd)

CHAPTER

  • I Gwynno the Saint
  • II The Hills
  • III Old Established Things
  • IV Rhymes
  • V Journeys after Coal and Lime
  • VI Old Customs
  • VII The River Ffrwd
  • VIII Hunting
  • IX Ynysybwl Fair
  • X The Lan and Gellilwch Farms
  • XI Graig Wen
  • XII The Cynon Valley
  • XIII Troedrhiwtrwyn and Nyth Bran Farms
  • XIV Notabilities of Pontypridd
  • XV Shan Phylip, Cwm Clydach
  • XVI Spirits of the Parish
  • XVII More Spirits
  • XVIII Spirits at the White Horse and The Pandy
  • XIX Old Ruins
  • XX Old Sayings
  • XXI Old Characters
  • XXII The Rhymesters
  • XXIII Old Characters of Pontypridd
  • XXIV Twmi Penwal
  • XXV Poets and Writers
  • XXVI The Glog Hunt
  • XXVII The Church of Gwynno
  • XXVIII Old Workings
  • XXIX The Springs and Wells of the Parish
  • XXX More Springs
  • XXXI Old Bethel Chapel

Index

Surname/bardic name, Given name/title, Place, Occupation, Page number(s)

Aberdare

Lord

- -

13

Alaw Goch

- -

bard

178

Alawfryn

aka Richard Evans

-

musician

100

Ann

-

Buarth y Capel

Baptist

160

ap Myfyr

- -

bard

68 98 99

Arnold

Shon

Darwynno

horseman

40

Bassett

George

Hafod Ganol

-

79 100

Bili

-

Rhydygwreiddyn

-

194

Billy Ysgyfelon

- -

tailor

119

Billy

-

Llysnant

-

39 63

Billy

- -

the tiler

154

Billy

-

Penllwyneinion

-

63

Brynfab

-

Eglwysilan

bard

98 154

Cadwgan of the Axe

-

Rhondda

-

100

Cadwgan

Dafydd & Nani

-

weaver

118 162

Cadwgan

Ifan

-

Morman convert

160-1

Captain Williams

- - -

116

Carnelian

- -

bard

97-98

Catws William Ifan

-

Cwm Clydach

-

105 118 124

Charles

-

Hendre Rhys

-

161

Charles

Thomas & Amy

Ty'r Arglwydd farm

-

83-85

Cook

Mrs.

-

wife of Dr Cook Pontypridd and daughter of Mr Jacob

164

Crawshay

Richard

- -

71

Crockett

John

Pontypridd

shopkeeper

155-6

Cule

Aaron

Mill Street

shopkeeper

99 155

Cule

Evan

Pontypridd

rhymester

147-8 155

Cule

Moesen (Moses)

Pontypridd

rhymester

147 150 155

Cydidwg

see Richards Thomas

-

poet

-

Dafydd & Gwenni & Margaret

-

Penrhiwceiber farm

-

83

Dafydd & Gwenni

-

Troedyrhiw Farm

-

86

Dafydd Fyddar and Rachel

-

Bwlchywig

-

112-3

Dafydd Morganwg

- -

bard and Eisteddfod prizewinner

178

Dafydd

-

Caerfyrddyn

-

44

Dafydd

-

Cribindu

-

56

Dafydd

-

Gilfachyrhydd

-

60

Dafydd

-

the Dduallt

farmer

41

Dafydd

-

Ynyshir

-

62-3

Daniel

-

Pontypridd

smith

151

Daniel

-

Rhydygwreiddyn

-

55 56

Daniel

-

Troedrhiwtrwyn

-

89

Davies

Dr Henry Naunton

Pont-y-Cymmer

-

187-8

Davies

Evan

- -

142

Davies

Evan

Penrhys

-

103-4 208

Davies

George & Ann

- -

142 210

Davies

George

- -

55 208

Davies

Henry II

- -

187

Davies

Henry

- -

187

Davies

Ifan

-

Doctor

187

Davies

John

Pant-y-Graigwen

poet

99

Davies

Joseph

Llanwonno

Bethel schoolmaster

12 55 142-3 207-8

Davies

Mary

Brynllefrith Nelson

-

12

Davies

Rev. William

Wootton Bassett

son of the Red Vicar

73

Davies

Rev. Thomas

"The Red Vicar"

d. 17 Nov 1763

71-73

Davies

Richard son of the Red Vicar

Antigua

sugar merchant

73

Davies

Samuel

- -

187

Davies

Thomas

Pant-y-Graigwen

poet

99

Davies

William

Penwal

Mormon emigrant

159

Dewi Haran

- -

bard

99

Dewi Wyn o Essyllt

- -

bard

97

Dic Shon James

- -

harpist

64

Edmund & Mary

-

the Rhiw

-

66 106 122 151

Edward

- -

mason

178

Edwards

David

Gilfach Glyd

landowner & Eisteddfod Chairman 1868/69 ;

1801-1885

52-54 59 68 178

Edwards

Rhys

-

Glog huntsman (1)

171

Edwards

William

Pontypridd

bridge builder fl 1750

95-97

Eos Hafod

-

Rhondda

bard

100

Eustace

-

Ty Draw

rhymester

147-8

Evan Blaenllechau

- - -

191

Evan William

- -

father of Twmi Benwal

163

Evan

-

Darwynno

farmer

41

Evan

-

The Lawn

-

151

Evan

Edward

-

bard

183

Evans

-

Daearwynno

-

206

Evans

Evan

Allen's

-

86

Evans

Griffith & Son

Pontypridd

shopkeeper

156

Evans

Jane

-

Glanffrwd's aunt

182

Evans

John

Cilycwm

preacher

205

Evans

Lodwig

Pontypridd

huntsman

175

Evans

Rhys

Toncoch Cefnpennar

bard

183

Evans

Richard

-

musician

100

Evans

Richard

Port Rhondda Ystradyfodwg

-

175

Evans

Robert

Mynachdy

brother of Evan Thomas

140

Evans

Thomas

Mynachdy

son of Robert

141

Evans

Thomas

Pontypridd

blacksmith

151-2

Evans

William

Graig

hand-ball champion

67

Evans

William

Mynachdy

-

44

Glanffrwd (Poet)

-

Llanwonno

1843-1890

9-18 179

Griffiths

-

Glyncoch

-

206

Griffiths

Daniel

Aberdare

music adjudicator

137

Griffiths

George

-

owner of Gelli pit

155

Griffiths

Griffith

Gelliwen

farmer

60 137

Griffiths

Ifan

Aberdare

-

137

Griffiths

John

- -

99

Griffiths

John

Mill Street Pontypridd

businessman

154-5

Griffiths

Lewis

Aberdare

Bethania deacon

137

Griffiths

Thomas

Twmi Ffynnondwym

-

136-138

Griffiths

Thomas Snr

Nantyrysfa

d.1810

136

Griffiths

William

- -

155

Guto Nyth Bran

- -

runner 1700-1737

30 62 90-4 193

Gwilym Elian

- -

bard

154

Gwilym Ilid

-

Machen

bard

41

Gwilym Llanwonno

see also Williams Thomas

-

poet

157 163

Gwilym Morgannwg

-

Pontypridd

bard

96

Gwyngull

- -

bard

99

Hezekiah

- -

eisteddfod prizewinner

60

Hiraethog

- -

bard

98

Howell/Thomas family traced

1731-1797

- -

181-2

Howell

Billy Thomas & Janet

Blaen-nant-y-fedw

-

126

Howell

William Thomas & Jennet (John)

Ynysfeirig

Glanffrwd's paternal grandparents

26 182

Howell

William

Hopkinstown

-

99

Hughes

Barbara

Cwm Clydach

-

105 118 124

Hughes

Benjamin

Lletty Turner

turner & carpenter

142 191

Hughes

Griffith

-

m. Ann Lewis 1806

121

Hughes

Peter

Creunant Ynysybwl

son of Griffith

121 123

Hughes

Peter

-

m. Gwenllian Jenkins 1769

121

Huws

Benny son of Gruffudd

-

carpenter

191

Huws

Gruffudd son of Benjamin Hughes

-

carpenter

191

Huws

Thomas son of Benny

-

carpenter

178 191

Hywel ap Hywel

-

Mynachdy

Henry VIII's time

29

Hywel Ddu

-

Dduallt

-

24

Hywel from the Bwlfa

- -

shepherd

191

Iago Emlyn

- -

bard

96 97

Ianto Grambo

- -

 

165

Iantws

-

Llechwen

farmer

43 67

Iantws

-

The Mill

-

67

Ieuan ap Iago

-

Pontypridd

composer of 'Hen Wlad fy Nhadau'

68 97

Ieuan Ddu

- -

editor Cambrian Minstrel

97

Ieuan Glyn Cothi

- -

bard

98-99

Ieuan Wyn

- -

prizewinning bard

68 98

Ifan Gelligaled

-

Ystrad

hand-ball player

68

Ifan Rhys

- -

Monthly Meeting delegate

206-7

Islwyn

- -

bard

13

Jack

Tom

Berwerdy

-

64

Jacob

- -

shoemaker

44

Jacob

Bess

Llantrisant

wife of Thomas Williams

164

James (Shams)& Catws

-

Llwynmelyn

-

56 64 107 120-21

James Twrbil

- -

rhymester

144

James

-

Cefn Tylchau

rhymester

144 146

Jemima

-

Lower Clotch House

 

66

Jenkins

Evan

Tyle'r Fedw

-

44

Jenkins

Gwenllian

-

m. Peter Hughes 1769

121

Jenkins

Mr.

Brynffynon

-

178

Jenkins

Rhys

Hafod Fach

-

61 79

John the Carrier & his mule

- - -

49

John

-

Llettyturner

turner & huntsman

61 173

John

John (Shon Benrhiw)

Penrhiw

Glog huntsman

173

Jones

-

Llangan

-

206

Jones

Daniel

Cloth Hall

-

153

Jones

John

-

Glog Huntsman

174

Jones

Mari

Gelliwrgan

-

130 134

Jones

Morgan & Rachel

Ty Coch Cwm Clyach

-

46 58 102 105 111 126

Jones

Morgan

-

coal worker

37-38

Jones

Morgan

Rhiw-yr-ychen

-

50 78

Jones

Old Vicar

- -

24

Jones

Rachel

the Cwm

daughter of Rhys Phylip

210 (102 105 126)

Jones

Roger

- -

151

Jones

Shencin

Gelliwrgan

farmer & rhymester 1780-1859

34 41 63-5 130 136 146

Jones

Shon

- -

58

Jones

Thomas

Ffynnondwym

rhymester

34 146

Jones

Titus

- -

142 209

Jones

Viramu

- -

13

Jones

William & Aunt Jemima

- -

83

Jones

William

Pentwyn Isaf

-

136

Jones

William

-

rhymester

34

Jones

William

the Clotch

-

56

Jordan

- -

Baptist preacher

140

Lewis

-

Llwynperdid

-

64

Lewis

-

of the Forest

-

45 63-65

Lewis

Ann

-

m. Griffith Hughes 1806

121

Lewis

Rev. Moses

-

Vicar of Llanwonno

88

Lewis

Tommy (Twmi)

Pontypridd

shoe shop keeper

156

Llewellyn Bili Shon

-

Ystradyfodwg

rhymester

34 146 147 151 153

Llewellyn

David

Graigwen

-

76

Llewellyn

Ifan

Graigwen farm

-

78

Llewellyn

Thomas & Nannah

- -

153

Llewelyn ap Hywel

-

Mynachdy

Henry VIII's time

29

Llewelyn

Shon

Graigwen farm

-

78 153

Magws Chapel-House

- -

d. 1870

141

Mari Phylip Wiliam

- - -

100

Mari

-

Rhiw

ale brewer

66

Mari

-

Tynewydd

-

55

Mathonwy

- -

writer

99

Matthews

Edward

Ewenny

preacher

207 209

Merfyn

-

Eglwysilan

poet

98

Meudwy Glan Elai

- -

prizewinning poet & huntsman

64 68 145 148-150 175 178 187

Meyrick

Thomas

- -

58

Miles

Bess (Morgan Blaenhenwysg)

Tyn-y-Graig

-

190

Miles

Catws

-

wife of Shon Llewelyn

190

Miles

Dafydd

Tyn-y-Graig

-

190

Miles

Edward

Pontypridd

schoolmaster

190

Miles

Edward

Tyn-y-Graig

-

190

Miles

Edward

Blaenhenwysg

-

163

Miles

Mari

- -

190

Miles

Morgan

Gellifonaches

-

190

Miles

Sioned

- -

190

Mills

Mr.

Pontypridd

Eisteddfod adjudicator

178

Moesen

- -

Bard and auctioneer

98

Morgan Blaenhenwysg

-

Tyn-y-Graig

-

190

Morgan family

Hafod

Ynys-y-Hafod

-

78 188

Morgan Rhys

-

Tyle'r Fedw

-

56

Morgan

-

Blaen-nant

-

67

Morgan

-

Dyffryn

-

86

Morgan

Dafydd (dec'd)

Pwllhywel

-

158

Morgan

Edmund

Pwllhywel

Mormon emigrant

158

Morgan

Edward

-

son of Job & Catws

119 147-8

Morgan

Gruffydd

-

see Guto Nythbrân

-

Morgan

Gwilym

Pontypridd

rhymester

147-8

Morgan

Ifan & Magws

Ty Draw Cwm Clydach

-

125 164 193 200

Morgan

Ifan

Ty Canol Cwm Clydach

-

40 125

Morgan

Job & Catws

Brynyffynon Inn

builder

119 177 179

Morgan

Job

-

tailor and rhymester

34 144-146 150

Morgan

John (Shon)

- -

142

Morgan

John

Lan Farm

-

56

Morgan

Magws

-

see Ifan

-

Morgan

Mari

Pwllhywel

Mormon emigrant

158

Morgan

Mary

-

daughter of Job & Catws

120

Morgan

Morgan

-

poet

40 58 99

Morgan

Noah

Gelliwastad

-

151

Morgan

Shôn & Jemima

-

tiler

64 86

Morgan

Shon

Pwllhywel

Mormon emigrant

158

Morgan

Shwan widow of Dafydd

-

Mormon emigrant

158

Morgan

Thomas and Mari

Nani's Cottage

-

177

Morgan

Thomas

-

Glog huntsman

58 172-3

Morgan

William (Bili)

Groesvaen

Builder

151 153

Morgan

William

-

tiler

111

Morgan

William

Ynysybwl

blacksmith

44-6

Morgan

William

-

son of Job & Catws

119

Morien

- -

bard

98

Morris

Evan

- -

67

Morris

Thomas

Penuel Pontypridd

-

151-2

Moses

Ann

Nani Hendre Rhys

-

66

Moses

Catws

Hendre Rhys

-

164

Moses

Ifan

Hendre Rhys

-

60 134 193

Moses

Morgan

Hendre Rhys

-

164

Myfyr Morgannwg

- -

bard

97

Naunton Davies

Dr Henry

Pont-y-Cymmer

-

187-8

Nicholas

Edward

-

Glog Huntsman

173

Penwyn

- -

Bard

100

Phillips

Evan

- -

67

Phillips

Shân

Cwm Clydach

from Ystradyfodwg

103-5

Phillips

W.

Bryngoleu

owner of Pwllhywel estate

158

Phillips

William

- -

56

Phylip William

- - -

100

Phylip

Evan

-

miller

47-48

Phylip

Rhys

the Mill

-

142 149 210

Pitts

Christiana

Ty'r Bush

d. 1667

120

Powell

Mr T.

-

coal merchant

141

Ready

William

- -

88

Rees

Billy

Penrhiw'r Gwynt

-

80

Rees

John

- -

13

Rees

Rev. D.

Llanfynydd

-

141

Reichel

Henry

- -

13

Rhydderch ap Morgan

- - -

149

Rhys Dafydd and Als

- -

Ynysybwl shopkeepers

22 31-33 194

Rhys

-

Llechwen

farmer

43 56-7 60

Rhys

-

the Glog

-

64 170-

Rhys

Dafydd Shôn

Darranlas

-

85

Rhys

Dafydd

-

coal worker

38

Rhys

Dafydd

Llwynperdid

-

62 90

Rhys

Evan

-

champion haymaker

44 142

Rhys

Mari

New Houses

-

31

Rhys

Merfyn

-

poet

44

Rhys

Rachel

- -

166

Rhys

Rhys & William

-

Darrenlas 'boys'

86

Rhys

Shon Llwynmelyn

- -

166

Rhys

Will

- -

107

Rhystyn

Gyfeillon

-

bard

99

Richard

Ifan

- -

60 67 149

Richard

Rosser

Pontypridd

noted prayer maker

151

Richards

Rev. James

-

Baptist Minister

160

Richards

Thomas

Felin Fach

poet

168

Roberts

Rev. David

Bridgend

preacher

209

Roberts

Rev. Dr.

Tabernacl Chapel

-

155

Roderick

Moses

Gellidawel

-

120

Rogers

Richard

The Silver Teapot Pontypridd

-

156

Rosser

Evan

- -

174 198

Rosser

William

Ynys-y-Hafod

-

61 100 174-5

Rowlands

- -

grammarian

46

Sally

- - -

198

Scott

Mari

- -

100

Shadrach

-

Llechwen

-

55

Shencin

-

Gelliwrgan

see Shencin Jones

-

Shencin the Mason

-

Ystrad

hand-ball player

68

Shencyn & Catws

-

Buarth y Capel

-

44 55-56 63-64 140 155

Shened Domos Howel

-

Llanwonno

-

206

Shôn & Ambrose

-

Clungwyn

-

86

Shon Bach

-

Ty'nygelli

-

58 64-5

Shon Daniel Shon Domos Harri

-

Ty'nybebw

-

71

Shôn Llanharran

- -

Deacon

100

Shon Shencin

- - -

100

Shon

-

Penrhiw

-

59 61

Shoned Shon Ifan

- - -

66

Siân the shop

- -

Guto Nyth Bran's patron

92-93

Tawenog

- -

bard

99

Thomas William Thomas Llewellyn

-

Glyn Coch

-

163

Thomas

Bengarreg

Penuel Pontypridd

-

151-2

Thomas

Daniel

-

hand-ball

37 57 68

Thomas

Edward

-

hooper

86

Thomas

Erbin (ap Glanffrwd)

-

d.1946

9 15-16

Thomas

Evan and Amy

Blaenllechau

-

139-140

Thomas

Evan

-

Glanffrwd's uncle

182

Thomas

Jane (nee Jones)

Cwmclydach

-

11

Thomas

John

-

Glanffrwd's father

182

Thomas

John Hywel

Old Ynysybwl

-

11 44

Thomas

John

Blaen Nant y Fedw

farmer

44

Thomas

Mary

-

dau'r of Morgan Thomas d.1759

182

Thomas

Morgan

- -

182-3

Thomas

Morgan

Hendre Rhys

-

67

Thomas

Superintendent

Ynysgafaelon

-

119

Thomas

Thomas

-

son of Morgan Thomas d. 1759

182

Thomas

William & Mari

Troedrhiwtrwyn

farmer

89-90

Thomas

William (Glanffrwd)

Llanwonno

1843-1890

9-18

Thomas

William

-

Glanffrwd's uncle

182

Thomas

William

Pyle

-

206

Tom (Morgan)

-

Ynysysbwl

blacksmith

44 59 62 162

Tom

-

Cilfynydd

rhymester

147-8

Tommy the Potman

- - -

45

Tommy the Turnpike

- - -

60

Tommy

-

Penrhiw

-

46

Tomos Howel

- -

Glanffrwd's uncle

182

Tomos Hywel Llewellyn

- -

rhymester

146 151 153

Tomos

-

Blaenllechau

farmer

41

Tredegar

Lord

-

landowner

71

Twm Ifan Prys

- - -

187-8

Twmi Benwal

see also Williams Thomas

-

Poet

157 163

Twmi Penrhiw

- - -

200-1

Twmi

-

Mynachdy

farmer

41

Walter

-

Nantyrysfa

farmer

41 156 193

Walters

Twmi the Cefn

- -

199

Will (Morgan)

-

Ynysybwl

Blacksmith

44 59 62 201

William Dafydd

-

from Tonyrefail

Glog huntsman

172

William Thomas Howell

-

Abercynon

-

26

William

-

Llwynperdid

-

161

William

-

Rhydygwreiddyn

-

162

William

-

Rhiw

-

56

William

-

Tynywern

-

39

William

Dafydd

Blaenhenwysg

emigrated to Australia

190

William

Mari

-

wife of Evan

163

William

Morgan

Gelliwrgan

-

145 146

William

Nanna

Blaenhenwysg

-

190

William

Shened

-

dau'r of Shon William Cribindy wife of Thomas Morgan

173

William

Shon

Blaenhenwysg

-

190

Williams

-

Gellilwch

-

108

Williams

-

Llwyn-perdid

-

55

Williams

Ann

- -

55

Williams

Annie

-

singer

125

Williams

D.

Alaw Goch

-

141

Williams

Edward

Cribin-dy

ref. Shon & Nanna

190-1

Williams

Eliezer

The Maltsters

-

116

Williams

Evan

Aberffrwd

-

141

Williams

family pedigree

- -

71-73

Williams

John (Jaci)

Gellilwch

farmer d. 1864 (81)

71-72 73-74 194

Williams

John

-

father of Jaci Gellilwch ;d. 1761 aged 74

71-72

Williams

Lizzie (Llinos y De)

- -

12

Williams

Magws

- -

205 208

Williams

Margaret

Chapel House

d. 1870

141

Williams

Margaret

-

daughter of the Red Vicar

71 73

Williams

Mari

-

wife of Thomas daughter of Shon Daniel

71

Williams

Morgan

-

rhymester

34

Williams

Rev. R

Aberdare

1813

16

Williams

Richard

Chapel House

-

141 205

Williams

Richard

Lan

-

55 61 71

Williams

Robert & Martha

Y Glôg

-

72-73

Williams

Thomas

-

Manager Great Western Pit

188-9

Williams

Thomas

and family

poet

163-169

Williams

Thomas

Pontypridd

-

151

Williams

Thomas

-

butcher

86

Williams

Thomas

Gellilwch

son of Jaci

71

Williams

Thomas

Glôg

-

72 178 193

Windsor

Lord

-

landowner

72

Wynn

John Andrew

- -

19

 

[Last Updated : 9 Sept 2005 Gareth Hicks]