Dewi Havhesp

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Dewi Havhesp
Born David Roberts
May 1831
Llanfor, Bala, North Wales
Died August 1884
Bala, North Wales
Occupation Poet
Nationality Welsh
Genre Welsh poetry
Notable works Oriau'r Awen, 1877

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Dewi Havhesp, c. 1875

Dewi Havhesp (1831–1884) was a Welsh poet.[1]


Born David Roberts in May 1831 he spent his early years at 'Pensingrug' Llanfor, Bala, North Wales. He was the eldest of the eleven children of Robert and Margaret Evans, and through his mother, who was a grand daughter of William Edwards, he was related to the poet Robert Williams.[1] He took his 'bardic name' Havhesp from the name of a stream near his boyhood home. He produced enough written poetry in the Welsh language to produce a book. The book Oriau'r Awen meaning Hours of Muse was first published in 1877, the most recent publishing was 1927. Much of his work was oral and therefore unrecorded. He died in August 1884 and is buried at Llandderfel in North Wales.


  • Oriau 'r Awen gan Dewi Havhesp, published in Bala 1877
  • Oriau 'r Awen gan Dewi Havhesp, reprinted in Bala 1927 with a personal history of the bard as an introduction.


  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Robert Thomas. "Biography of David Roberts". National Library of Wales. Retrieved 19 January 2012.