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EDWARDS , ROBERT ( 1796 - 1862 ), musician .

Details of his birth and parentage are not known. He started his career as a miller in Melin Gwibnant , near Mostyn, Flints. Removing to Liverpool as a carter , he afterwards rose to be a foreman or superintendent under the Bridgewater Trust , a post which he held for the remainder of his life. He was connected with the music at Bedford Street Calvinistic Methodist chapel , Liverpool , for twenty-four years [as precentor there, he succeeded John Ellis ( 1760 - 1839 ) (q.v.) ]. He composed ‘ Caersalem ,’ 8.7.4., one of the most popular hymn-tunes in Wales . Written in 1824 , it appeared in Peroriaeth Hyfryd ( John Parry ), 1837 , and became known as ‘ Tôn Bob y Felin ’ (Bob of the Mill's tune). In 1878 it was published in Y Cysegr a'r Teulu ( Thomas Gee ), and there attributed to E. Roberts , but information supplied by John Edwards , Bedford Street ( Robert Edwards 's successor) and others proved that the composer was Robert Edwards . He d. in 1862 and was buried in Anfield cemetery , Liverpool .

Sources:

  • Yr Haul , 1889 , 113;
  • Y Cerddor , May 1892 , 1896 (12) July 1905 , Feb. 1907 ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 ;
  • [ J. Hughes Morris , Hanes Methodistiaeth Liverpool , Liverpool, 1929-1932 , i, 231-2].

Author:

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

Published date: 1959