John Edwards (1747–1792)

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John Edwards (Sion Ceiriog) (1747–1792) was a Welsh poet.


Edwards was born at Crogen Wladys in Glyn Ceiriog in 1747. He, Owen Jones (Myfyr), and Robert Hughes (Robin Ddu o Fon), were the founders of Cymdeithas y Gwyneddigion, or the Venedotian Society, 1770. Sion Ceiriog, as he was called, wrote an awdl (ode) for the meeting of the society on St. David's Day, 1778; he was its secretary in 1779-80, and its president in 1783.[1]

Edwards died suddenly in 1792, aged 45. John Jones (Jac Glan-y-gors) contributed some memorial verses to the Geirgrawn of June 1796 and wrote: "To the memory of John Edwards, Glynceiriog, in the parish of Llangollen, Denbighshire, who was generally known as Sion Ceiriog, a poet, an orator, and an astronomer, a curious historian of sea and land, a manipulator of musical instruments, a true lover of his country and of his Welsh mother tongue, who, to the great regret of his friends, died and was buried in London, September 1792."[1]


  1. ^ a b  "Edwards, John (1747-1792)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Edwards, John (1747-1792)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.