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LLEWELYN , THOMAS DAVID ( Llewelyn Alaw ; 1828 - 1879 ), musician ;

b. 25 June 1828 at Llwydcoed , Aberdare, Glam. , the son of David and Martha Llewelyn . He had learnt to play the harp by the time he was 8. At 11 he started work with his father, a collier , but left the coalmine in 1851 and devoted his whole time to music , poetry , and literature . He became the official harpist to the Williams family of Aberpergwm (q.v.) , in the valley of the river Neath , and to lord Aberdare . In Gardd Aberdâr there is an essay by him on the history of Aberdare . At the Llangollen national eisteddfod , 1858 , he won the prize for the best collection of unpublished Welsh airs, this collection is now in the N.L.W. He was considered an excellent harpist , and a very good instructor; he also won several eisteddfod prizes . He d. 13 Aug. 1879 , and was buried in the Hên Dŷ Cwrdd burial ground, Aberdare .


  • Nicholas Bennett , Alawon fy Ngwlad (1896) ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) ;
  • R. Griffith , Llyfr Cerdd Dannau (1913) .


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

Published date: 1959