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ELLIS , RICHARD ( 1775 - 1855 ), musician ;

b. at Dolgelley . He was a shoemaker by trade. He was taught the elements of music by John Williams ( Ioan Rhagfyr , 1740 - 1821 , q.v.) ; when the latter d. Richard Ellis succeeded him as precentor at S. Mary's church , Dolgelley . He is said to have collected psalm-tunes and published them in a small volume. He composed several hymn-tunes and anthems . Few collections of hymn-tunes omit the hymn-tune ‘ Hyder ,’ 8.7.4, composed by Ellis in 1824 . He d. 11 Feb. 1855 and was buried in the old churchyard, Dolgelley .

Sources:

  • Idris Fychan , Hanes Dolgellau a'r cymydogaethau: ynghyd a hynafiaethau gorllewin Meirionydd (1872) ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 (1908) ;
  • J. Ceiriog Hughes , Y Bardd a'r Cerddor gyda hen ystraeon am danynt (1863) ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) ;
  • Y Cerddor , May 1890 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959