Edward Evans 1716 – 1798

Poet and Pastor
He was born in the parish of Aberdare, and is said to have “devoted his life faithfully to his religious duties to a large number of people, who attended from the county, from a distance of many miles.

“He published a Welsh translation of S. Bourne’s “Catechism” (1757); “Book of Ecclesiastes done into verse,” jointly with Lewis Hopkin (Bristol: 1767); “An Address delivered before the Association of Ministers at Dref Wen, near Newcastle-Emlyn, with two Hymns”(1775). His poetical works were collected and edited by his son, Rees Evans (1778-1869), (1stedition, Merthyr: 1804; 2nd, Merthyr: 1816; 3rd, Merthyr: 1837;4th, Aberdare: 1875). He died on the 21st of June, 1798, the date on which he had arranged to meet the other bards of the Chair of Glamorgan. The preservation of this noted bardic cult may be traced mainly to his efforts.