William Rees (Gwilym Hiraethog)

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Dr William Rees (Gwilym Hiraethog)

The Rev. William Rees (8 November 1802 – 8 November 1883), usually known in Wales by his bardic name of Gwilym Hiraethog, was a Welsh poet and author, one of the major figures of Welsh literature during the 19th century.

Gwilym Hiraethog took his pseudonym from his birthplace, a farm on the Hiraethog mountain in Denbighshire. Largely self-educated, he was a polymath, who took an interest in astronomy and political science as well as being a Nonconformist minister and a leading literary figure.

In 1843 he founded the Welsh language journal Yr Amserau ("The Times") in Liverpool [1]. He used the newspaper to campaign for the disestablishment of the Church in Wales.



  • Emmanuel (1861)
  • Gweithiau Barddonol Gwilym Hiraethog (1855)



  • Aelwyd F'Ewythr Robert (1852)
  • Helyntion Bywyd Hen Deiliwr (1877)


  • Y Dydd Hwnnw


  • D. Ben Rees - The Polymath: Reverend William Rees (Gwilym Hiraethog 1802-1883) (Modern Welsh Publications)
  • DNB