Thomas Llewelyn ( Llewelyn Alaw ) , of Aberdare and Mountain Ash included the song in his collection of unpublished airs submitted for competition at the Llangollen national eisteddfod of 1858 — ‘ Hen Wlad fy Nhadau ’ appearing in the ‘ Llewelyn Alaw ’ MS. (now in N.L.W. ) under the name of ‘ Glanrhondda .’ The adjudicator , John Owen ( Owain Alaw ) , harmonized it and included it in the third volume of his Gems of Welsh Melody , 1860 . The tune became popular immediately; it was sung at the Aberystwyth national eisteddfod , 1865 , by Kate Wynne , and at the Chester national eisteddfod , 1866 , by Lewis W. Lewis ( Llew Llwyfo ) .
Evan James d. 30 Sept. 1878 and was buried in the graveyard attached to Carmel Baptist chapel , Pontypridd . James James kept public houses at Walnut Tree Bridge (below Pontypridd ) and Mountain Ash ; he also lived for a time with his son at the Swan Hotel , Aberaman . He d. 11 Jan. 1902 at 6 Hawthorne Terrace , Aberdare , and was buried in the Aberdare cemetery. A memorial to father and son, the work of Sir William Goscombe John , R.A. , was unveiled in Ynysangharad Park , Pontypridd , 23 July 1930 .
Watkin William Price, M.A., (1873-1967), Aberdare
Published date: 1959