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Mold, Flintshire, , Wales,
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16 February 2016
'Daniel Owen was born in Mold in 1836, the youngest of six children. In 1837, his father and two brothers were drowned in a mining accident at the Argoed colliery and Daniel was brought up in poverty.
'His mother was determined that he should not be a miner, so when he was twelve he was apprenticed to a local tailor, Angel Jones. The tailor’s shop, he said, is where he received his education. He attended Bala Theological College in 1865 but he did not complete his studies, instead returning to Mold, where he resumed work as a tailor. He continued to preach on Sundays.
'His interest in literature developed in his early twenties; he published a volume of sermons in 1879. Poor health meant that he increasingly turned to writing and his major works followed – often serialised in the denominational magazines – including Y Dreflan (1881), Rhys Lewis (1885), Enoc Huws (1891), Gwen Tomos (1894), and Straeon y Pentan (1895). He is often called the father of the Welsh novel.'