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HUGHES , JAMES BILSLAND ( Iago Bencerdd ; 1831 - 1878 ), harpist ;

b. at Ysgubor-gerrig , Trefriw, Caerns. The following is the record of his christening at Trefriw : ‘ James Bilsland Hughes , Son of Robert and Ann Hughes , February 23, 1831 .’ He showed a talent for music when quite young and learned to play the flute, violin, and harp, both the triple harp and the pedal harp . He constructed a harp for himself and played on it at an eisteddfod held at Llanrwst in 1874 . He taught quite a number of harpists , many of whom became quite well-known. He lived at various houses at Bethesda , Llanrwst , Conway , and Manchester . He d. 1878 at Manchester and was buried in Trefriw churchyard.

Sources:

  • Nicholas Bennett , Alawon fy Ngwlad , 1896 ;
  • R. Griffith , Llyfr Cerdd Dannau , 1913 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959