Cofeb John Penry Memorial, Llangamarch, taken 12 years ago
Dyma gofeb i John Penry (1563 -1593), merthyr, o Ffarm Cefn Brith, Llangamarch, Sir Frycheiniog. Fel Piwritan gofidiai am gyflwr gwael yr Eglwys yng Nghymru o safbwynt achub eneidiau a galwodd am Feibl Cymraeg er addysgu'r werin. Sefydlodd wasg argraffu gyfrinachol yn ymosod ar esgobion yr Eglwys. Bu raid iddo ffoi am ei fywyd yn 1589 i'r Alban oherwydd ei gredodau ond dychwelodd i Loegr yn 1592 i ymuno a'r ymwahanwyr. Fe'i harestiwyd yn mis Mawrth 1593 a'i grogi ym Mis Mai 1593. Yn ol John Penry ei unig drosedd oedd ceisio achub eneidiau pobl Cymru. Gadawodd weddw, Eleanor a phedair merch, Comfort, Deliverance, Safety a Sure Hope - enwau Piwritanaidd y cyfnod.
This is the memorial to John Penry (1563-1593), martyr, from Cefn Brith Farm, Llangammarch Wells, Breconshire. As a Puritan Penry was very concerned about the shortcomings of the Church in Wales particularly the lack of ministers to teach the gospel. He also called for a Welsh Bible. He established a secret printing press from which he attacked the Church. This made him a wanted man and in 1589 he fled to Scotland. In March 1592 he returned to England and joined other puritans to worship at illegal gatherings. In March 1593 he was arrested by the authorities and hanged in May 1593. John Penry said that his only crime was trying to save the souls of his fellow country men and women. He left a widow, Eleanor and four children, Comfort, Deliverance, Safety and Sure Hope - Puritan names for that period.