Joseph Harris (Gomer)

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Joseph Harris (1773 – 10 August 1825) was a Welsh Baptist minister, author, and journal editor. A Welsh language poet, he took the Biblical name of Gomer as his bardic name. On 1 January 1814 he launched the first Welsh-language weekly Seren Gomer ("Star of Gomer") in Swansea.

Gomer was born on a farm in Wolf's Castle, Pembrokeshire. He became a preacher during the religious revival of 1795. He married Martha Symons, and took on Back Street chapel. One of his best-known works, Cofiant Ieuan Ddu, was a biography of his son, John Ryland Harris, who worked as a typesetter for his father's printing press and died at the age of twenty.


  • Casgliad o Hymnau (1796)
  • Yr Anghyffelyb Broffeswr (1802)
  • Bwyall Grist yng Nghoed Anghrist (1804)
  • Traethawd ar Briodol Dduwdod ein Harglwydd Iesu Grist (1816–17)
  • Cofiant Ieuan Ddu


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