He was born at Bala and educated there and at the grammar school in Carmarthen, going on to Jesus College, Oxford. In 1819 he was ordained and became chaplain of Christ Church, Oxford. A scholar of the Welsh language, he was closely associated with both Lady Charlotte Guest and Lady Llanover. He was also a Hebrew scholar, publishing a translation of the Book of Isaiah in 1830. Tegid has won a handsome cup in the Cardiff eisteddfod of 1934. In 1842, he moved to Nevern in Pembrokeshire, and in 1848 became a canon of St David's Cathedral. His collected poems were published posthumously in 1859.
- Traethawd ar Gadwedigaeth yr Iaith Gymraeg ("An essay on Welsh Language Preservation", 1820)
- The Abergavenny Eisteddfod, National Museum of Wales