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LEWIS , JOHN ( Eos Glyn Wyre ; 1836 - 1892 ), poet and musician ;

b. 6 April 1836 , the son of Lewis and Margaret Lewis , Hen Dŷ Mawr , Llanrhystud, Cards. The father, who was a good musician , was by trade a tailor and brought up his sons, John Lewis and David Lewis ( 1828 - 1908 ) (q.v.) , to the same trade; a third son, Evan Lewis , was a shoemaker . John Lewis m. Jane Davies , Felinganol , and on marriage went to reside at his wife's home; seven children were born to them. He composed some hymn-tunes and part-song s; one hymn tune, ‘ Adgyfodiad ,’ appeared in 1896 in the collection of William Harries , Heolyfelin , whilst the words and music of a part-song were published in Golud yr Oes . But he was better-known as a poet , his compositions including pryddestau , lyrics, and englynion , many of which took prizes at eisteddfodau. He d. 2 Nov. 1892 and was buried in Llanrhystud churchyard. His manuscripts and those of his brother, David Lewis , together with a large number of printed volumes, were transferred by his sons to the National Library in 1929 .

Sources:

  • NLW MSS 8177-8277, but particularly 8189, 8191-3, 8200, 8202, 8225, 8239, 8252, 8254, 8261, 8264, 8272-7.

Author:

Reverend David Wyre Lewis, (1872-1966), Penycae, Wrexham

Published date: 1959