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HARRIS , GRIFFITH ( 1811 - 1892 ), musician ;

b. at Carmarthen , the son of Griffith and Mary Harris . He had a clothier's shop at Carmarthen . He was precentor at Water Street Calvinistic Methodist chapel ; he also conducted a town choir . In 1849 he published a collection of 260 hymn-tunes under the title of Haleluwia , this being followed in 1855 by Haleliwia Drachefn , containing 200 hymn-tunes; the two collections are important as they include the early hymn-tunes which were sung during the religious revivals of the 18th cent. He d. 1 Nov. 1892 and was buried in the Water Street graveyard.

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

Author:

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

Corrections and additions:

HARRIS , GRIFFITH ( DWB , 339).

According to the family gravestone in Heol — y — dŵr (Water Street) chapel , Carmarthen , he was b. 15 July 1811 , d. 1 Nov. 1892 .

Author:

Huw Williams, (1922-2002), Bangor / Prestatyn

Published date: 1959