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JACOB , WILLIAM ( 1777 - 1845 ), musician ;

b. near Carmarthen ; it was, however, from Manchester that he came to Holywell ( c. 1818 ) where he became an excellent singer and acted for many years as precentor of the Wesleyan chapel . In 1844 he produced Eos Cymru , a collection of hymn-tunes, chants, and anthems. The collection includes four hymn-tunes and a short anthem of his own composition, and some of Handel 's choruses. Newton 's tune ‘ Huddersfield ’ first appeared in Wales in Eos Cymru . He d. 27 Oct. 1845 at the age of 68, and was buried in Holywell churchyard.

Sources:

  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • Hanes Wesleyaeth Gymreig , 1911–3 , 793, 1464 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959