Howell Elvet Lewis

LEWIS, Howell Elvet. b. Cynwyl Elfed, Carmarthenshire, 14 April 1860; d. Penarth, Glamorgan, 10 December 1953. Lewis was born into a farming family. He trained for the ministry in the Presbyterian College, Carmarthen, but in fact he read so widely that he was largely self-taught. He was ordained in the Congregational ministry in 1880, serving from then until 1904 in English-speaking churches in Wales and England. It was, however, during this period that he was most active as a poet in Welsh, being recognized as an important new voice, and winning the highest awards of the National Eisteddfod in 1888, 1889 and 1894. He was Archdruid from 1924 to 1927. From 1904 until his retirement in 1940...

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