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GRIFFITH , ROBERT ( 1847 - 1909 ), musician ;

b. 1 March 1847 at Glog Ddu , Llangernyw, Denbs. , the son of John and Jane Griffith . The family moved to Llanrwst in 1853 . The father was an Anglican and the mother a Calvinistic Methodist . After receiving some education at the National School , Llanrwst , he became a servant to ‘ Glan Collen ’ and afterwards to the Rev. John Rougler , Eglwys-bach . He then became apprenticed to Robert Roberts , Pandy Tudur , carpenter , and followed that trade afterwards at Llanrwst and later (soon after 1870 ) at Manchester , where he worked for the Lancashire and Cheshire Railway Company . At Manchester he came under the influence of Ceiriog , Idris Vychan , and R. J. Derfel [qq.v.]; he took a prominent part in founding ‘ Cymdeithas Genedlaethol Cymry Manceinion ’ (‘ Manchester Welsh National Society ’). He lodged at the home of Idris Vychan who taught him to play the harp and to sing ‘pennillion’ . His greatest contribution to the literature of music was his Cerdd Dannau , a treatise on harp music and harpists , published in 1913 , two years after his death; his wife, Isabella Davies , niece of Robert Thomas ( Ap Vychan , 1809 - 1880 , q.v.) , gave him much help in compiling the material for his work. He d. 9 Oct. 1911 and was buried in the Southern Cemetery , Manchester .

Sources:

  • Manuscript autobiography at U.C.N.W., Bangor.

Author:

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

Corrections and additions:

GRIFFITH , ROBERT ( 1847 - 1909 ; DWB , 298-9).

He d. 8 Oct. 1909 .

Sources:

  • Moss Side church Report

Author:

Published date: 1959