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BENNETT , NICHOLAS ( 1823 - 1899 ), musician and historian .

Born 8 May 1823 at Glanrafon , Trefeglwys, Mont. (christened 8 June 1823 ). He took a deep interest in collecting and studying historical, poetical, and musical works ; composed two songs — one for Y Cerddor and the other for Songs of the Four Nations .

He collected over 700 Welsh airs , of which 500 were published in two volumes in 1896 under the title Alawon fy Ngwlad , the selection and arrangement being in the hands of D. Emlyn Evans ; this work contains portraits and biographies of harpists and singers to the harp , together with explanatory notes on the art of singing to the accompaniment of the harp. Further, he left in manuscript a treatise on the heraldry of the princes of Wales together with illustrations. Some letters received by him are preserved in N.L.W. MS. 584 ; see also N.L.W. MS. 588 .

He d. 18 Aug. 1899 and was buried at Llanfihangel Trefeglwys .

Sources:

  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1899 ;
  • Y Cerddor , Oct. 1899 ;
  • Y Geninen , 1900 ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 ;
  • ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Cardiff Free Libraries, Catalogue of Printed Literature in the Welsh Department , 1898 ;
  • T. Morgan Enwogion Cymreig (1700-1900) , 1907.

Author:

Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 1959