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GRUFFYDD , ROBERT ( 1753 - 1820 ), musician ;

b. at Pen-cefn , Llanbeblig, Caerns. He came to be known as ‘ Cantwr Salmau ’ because he visited churches to teach the congregations to sing . Owen Williams o Fôn in his Gamut , testifies to Robert Gruffydd 's musical skill and believed that he had composed several hymntunes for Brenhinol Ganiadau Seion ( Owen Williams ). He wrote ‘ Difyrwch gwŷr Caernarfon ’ and ‘ Difyrwch gwŷr y Gogledd ’ — the latter is found in hymn-tune books under the name of ‘ Trefdeyrn .’ There are anthems by him to the words ‘ Mor hawddgar yw dy bebyll ,’ ‘ Arglwydd, clyw fy ngweddi ,’ and ‘ Ein Tad, yr hwn sydd yn y nefoedd .’ He d. 17 Aug. 1820 . On his gravestone he is called ‘Robert Griffith, late singing-master of Llanbeblig.’

Sources:

  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • Llais Rhyddid , 1916 , 472;
  • Y Gwyddoniadur Cymreig , 1889-96 , under John Williams (Ioan Rhagfyr).

Author:

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

Published date: 1959