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GRIFFITH , JOHN ( 1863 - 1933 ), schoolmaster and musician .

Born at Rhiw , Llyn , 18 April 1863 , the eldest son of Siôn Griffith , shoemaker , of Pen-y-groes , Rhiw , and Martha Griffith , Pen Nebo , Rhiw . He was educated at Botwnnog grammar school , was a pupil teacher at Nebo , Llanllyfni , and a student at Bangor Normal College , 1881-2 , and became headmaster of the British Schools at Glanwydden and Machynlleth . He m. Dorothy , daughter of Owen Jones , Siop Fawr , Tal-y-sarn , 1889 , and had four sons and one daughter. He became a Tate exhibitioner at the university college of North Wales , Bangor , 1897 , and took his B.Sc. (London) with second class honours in Physics and Botany, 1899 . He served as science master at Ffestiniog county school , and was headmaster of Dolgelley grammar school from 1904 to 31 March 1925 .

A keen musician , John Griffith devoted much of his leisure throughout his life to encouraging the performance of classical music , choral and instrumental. He was chairman of the revived Harlech music festival , and joint editor of Y Cerddor . He prepared Welsh words for Schubert 's ‘ Song of Miriam ’ and ‘ Scenes from Gluck's Orpheus .’ He was a geologist , and worked for many years with J. R. Dakyns in preparing a geological map of Snowdonia . He spent his retirement in translating Plato into Welsh , but did not publish his version. He d. 6 Nov. 1933 .


  • Personal knowledge;
  • information from Mr. John Lloyd, Llanbedr ar Artro.


Llewelyn Wyn Griffith, D.Litt., (1884-1977), Berkhamsted

Published date: 1959