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EVANS , JOHN ( 1770 - 1851 ), land surveyor, schoolmaster, and musician ;

b. at Rhuddlan, Flints. His father was parish clerk of Rhuddlan , and the son followed the same occupation for a while. When 16 years old he opened a school to which pupils came from considerable distances to receive instruction in arithmetic and navigation . He published two works called Cyfrifydd Parod (i.e. ready reckoner) — the one for the use of persons buying and selling grain, the other for use in measuring timber and haystacks. He was a good musician and played the ‘cello in church . His anthem ‘ O deuwch i'r dyfroedd ,’ and his hymn-tunes ‘ Myfyrdod ’ and ‘ Rhuddlan ,’ became popular. He prepared a work on ‘ Thorough Bass ’ and collected together some hymn-tunes for publication , but all these were lost on their way to the printer . He d. 31 March 1851 .

Sources:

  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890

Author:

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

Published date: 1959