JONES, THOMAS (Y Bardd Cloff; 1768 - 1828), poet

Name: Thomas Jones

Pseudonym : Y Bardd Cloff

Date of birth: 1768

Date of death: 1828

Gender: Male

Occupation: poet

Area of activity: Poetry

Author: Ray Looker

Born (probably) in Llandysilio, Denbighshire. At the age of 12 he went to work in the Long Acre (London) counting-house of a Mathew Davies [a Cardiganshire man, and a Cymmrodor ]. His literary interest was chiefly in Welsh poetry. He became a member of the Society of Gwyneddigion in 1789, and shortly afterwards became its recorder. An awdl composed by him in praise of the Society was published in 1799, another on S. David’s Day in 1802, and a volume of his poetry was published in 1828. He was given complete charge of his employer’s business in 1803, and in 1813 he became co-partner. He became treasurer of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion when it was re-formed in 1820, and was awarded a gold medal for the best pryddest composed on the occasion. He became president of the Society of Gwyneddigion for the third time in 1821, and received a silver medal on the occasion of its jubilee. As a poet he was also successful in various eisteddfodau held in Wales. When he died, 19 February 1828, the Cymmrodorion’s silver medal was awarded to Robert Davies (Bardd Nantglyn) for the best elegy composed in his memory.