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Davies, Edwardlocked

(1756–1831)
  • D. Ellis Evans

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Davies, Edward (1756–1831), antiquary and author, was born on 7 June 1756 at a farm called Hendre-einon, in the parish of Llanfaredd, Radnorshire, the eldest son of Edward Davies and Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Owens. He came from farming stock; various members of his family owned ten farms in the neighbourhood. His sight was impaired when he met with an accident at the age of six, and this weakened him for the rest of his life and resulted in blindness in his old age. His knowledge of the Welsh language was probably more competent than some commentators have suggested (he wrote a hymn in Welsh, completed by August 1776). He spent only one year as a pupil at ...

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