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JONES , JOHN ( Eos Bradwen ; 1831 - 1899 ), musician, etc. ;

b. 16 Oct. 1831 in a cottage on the slopes above Tal-y-llyn, Mer. , son of William and Elizabeth Jones . The family moved to the village of Tregorwyr and thence to Dolgelley , where Eos Bradwen published Y Seraph neu Gyfaill Y Cerddor Ieuanc , which contained hymn-tunes and airs. From Dolgelley the family moved in 1858 to Aberystwyth . In 1863 the son was appointed leader of the choir at S. Asaph cathedral where he laboured for fifteen years. He won many prizes for poems at various eisteddfodau . At the Llandudno eisteddfod , 1864 , he won the prize for the libretto of a cantata on the subject of ‘ The Prodigal Son .’ During the same year he composed a cantata, ‘ Owain Glyndwr ,’ which remained popular for some years. His solo ‘ Bugeiles y Wyddfa ’ was popular for many years. At an eisteddfod held in 1885 at Llandudno he won the prize for an opera, ‘ Dafydd ap Siencyn .’ He left S. Asaph for Rhyl in 1878 ; later he went to live at Caernarvon . He d. 29 May 1899 and was buried in Llanbeblig churchyard.


  • Y Cerddor , July 1899 ;
  • Y Geninen (Gŵyl Dewi), 1901 , 23.


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

Published date: 1959