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HARRIES , DAVID ( 1747 - 1834 ), musician ;

b. 16 Sept. 1747 at Nantllymystyn , Llansantffraid, Rads. , the son of John and Winifred Harries . A hymn-tune called ‘ Babell ’ by him which did not get the prize at the Welshpool eisteddfod of 1824 was included in Caniadau Seion ( Mills ), whilst a Christmas carol composed to the words ‘ Cyduned pob Cristion ’ was printed in Cerddor y Cymry . His anthem, ‘ Par i mi wybod dy ffyrdd ,’ arranged by John Roberts ( Ieuan Gwyllt ) for Y Cerddor Cymreig , nos. 82-3 was popular until about the beginning of the present cent.; it appeared also in Llyfr Anthemau a Salmdonau ( Alaw Ddu ). In 1824 he went to live with a daughter at Carno where he d. 6 Jan. 1834 ; he was buried in Carno churchyard.

Sources:

  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • Y Gwyliedydd , 1834 ;
  • Y Brython , 1861 ;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 ;
  • Y Cerddor , March 1889 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959