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JAMES , DAVID ( 1787 - 1862 ), musician ;

b. in 1787 , he was brought up by his aunt at Penrallt , Pont Saison , near Brynberian, Pembs. As a child he only had three months’ schooling, but he taught himself to be a good arithmetician and something of an astronomer . Dafydd Siencyn Morgan (q.v.) gave him his first lessons in music. In 1804 he was called up for military service at Haverfordwest , where he was given lessons in music by the conductor of the Militia band , becoming, in consequence, quite a capable musician . He formed at Brynberian a choir and a class to study the elements of music . He composed a number of airs ; ‘ Myfyrdawd ’ will be found in the Efangylydd , March 1833 .

Sources:

  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890

Author:

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

Published date: 1959