T. H. Parry-Williams

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Sir T. H. Parry-Williams
Born 21 September 1887
Schoolhouse, Rhyd Ddu, Caernarfonshire, Wales
Died 3 March 1975(1975-03-03) (aged 87)
'Wern', North Road, Aberystwyth, Dyfed, Wales
Resting place Beddgelert Cemetery, Beddgelert, Gwynedd, Wales
Nationality Welsh
Education Ysgol Eifionydd, Porthmadog
Alma mater
Occupation Academic, author and poet
Notable work 'Hon'
Title Emeritus Professor of Welsh Language and Literature
Spouse(s) Emiah Jane Thomas (1910–1988)
Parent(s) Henry Parry-Williams (1858–1925) and Ann Morris (b. 1859)
Relatives Robert Williams Parry (1884–1956) and Sir Thomas Parry (1904–1985) (1st cousins)
Awards National Eisteddfod Chair (1912 & 1915); National Eisteddfod Crown (1912 & 1915); D.Litt. (Wales) (1934); D.Litt. (Oxon.) (1937); Kt (1958)

Sir Thomas Herbert Parry-Williams (21 September 1887 – 3 March 1975) was a Welsh poet, author and academic.

Parry-Williams was born at the Schoolhouse (Welsh:Tŷ'r Ysgol)[1] in Rhyd Ddu, Caernarfonshire, Wales. He was educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Jesus College, Oxford, the University of Freiburg and the Sorbonne.[2] As a poet, he was the first to win the double of Chair and Crown at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, which he achieved at Wrexham in 1912 and repeated at Bangor in 1915. He was a conscientious objector in the First World War.[3][4] He was Professor of Welsh at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, from 1920 until 1952.[2] He co-founded the university's Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. He was awarded D.Litt. degrees by the Universities of Wales (1934) and Oxford (1937).[2] He was knighted in 1958.[2] He was also given an honorary doctorate by the University of Wales in 1960 and made an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford in 1968.[2][5]

Published works[edit]

  • The English element in Welsh (1923)
  • Ysgrifau (1928)
  • Cerddi (1931)
  • Carolau Richard White (1931)
  • Canu Rhydd Cynnar (1932)
  • Olion (1935)
  • Synfyfyrion (1937)
  • Hen benillion (1940)
  • Lloffion (1942)
  • O'r pedwar gwynt (1944)
  • Ugain o gerddi (1949)
  • Myfyrdodau (1957)
  • Pensynnu (1966)


  • Meic Stephens (ed.) Cydymaith i lenyddiaeth Cymru (1986)


  1. ^ Now home to the T. H. Parry-Williams Museum
  2. ^ a b c d e Evans, Ellis. "Williams, Sir Thomas Herbert Parry- (1887–1975)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (subscription access). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  3. ^ Welsh Biography Online: http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s10-PARR-HER-1887.html
  4. ^ http://yba.llgc.org.uk/cy/c10-PARR-HER-1887.html
  5. ^ "PARRY-WILLIAMS, Sir Thomas (Herbert) (1887–1975)". Who Was Who (subscription access). A&C Black (Publishers) Ltd. January 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 

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