W Jenkyn Thomas


William Jenkyn Thomas was the first Head Master of the Aberdare Intermediate School. He was born in Llangywer on the banks of Llyn Tegid, Merionethshire on 5th July 1870 but when he was a child, the family moved a few miles down the lake to Plas Madog, Llanuwchllyn.

Jenkyn Thomas authored several books during his lifetime. Indeed, his most enduring work The Welsh Fairy Book is still available in the Dover edition, ISBN: 0486417115. The publishers comment that: "...Thomas was dismayed to find that his students - who took such a delight in the fairy stories of other nations - knew nothing at all of their own country's rich heritage of fairy tales. To fill the need for a collection of Welsh fairy tales for young readers, he compiled this definitive treasury."

He was a lecturer at the university in Bangor from 1891 to 1896, and took up his post in Aberdare in 1896 at the age of 26 which is quite remarkable by present day conventions. In 1905, he was appointed headmaster at Hackney Downs School in London, remaining in this post until his retirement in 1935. He was married to Marian Dixon and had two sons. His wife died in 1936; WJT outlived her by twenty-three years.

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