Daniel Owen Commemorative Stone
Large piece of stone set on square stone base with separate smaller stone in front bearing inscription.
The stone was unveiled by Councillor T. Ceiriog Williams in June 1958. It marks the site of Owen's birthplace in Maes-y-dre. The house was demolished in 1941.
Daniel Owen (1836-1895) was the first and most prominent novelist in the Welsh language. He was the youngest of six children, his father and two brothers were killed in a disaster at Argoed pit in 1837. Despite a difficult and impoverished childhood he successfully took part in local literary competitions. He was apprenticed in a tailor's workshop at the age of twelve. In 1865 he entered Bala Theological College but returned to Mold before completing his studies in order to take care of his family. He opened a tailor's and draper's shop but ill-health cut short his preaching. He continued to write and published four novels, many short stories, character sketches and sermons. His book 'Hanangofiant Rhys Lewis' is said to be the first modern novel in the Welsh language.
Incised on smaller stone: DANIEL OWEN / 1856 - 1895 / YMA GANED EF
Related works : See FLINT006 (Statue of Daniel Owen)
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