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LLOYD , THOMAS ( Crych Elen ; 1841 - 1909 ), musician ;

b. at Liverpool , of an English father and a Welsh mother. He was brought up at Dolwyddelan , of which his mother was a native, went to work in a slate quarry , but his whole thought was given to music. He was admitted as ‘ bard ’ and ‘ musician ’ at the pseudo-gorsedd, known as ‘ Arwest Llyn Geirionydd ’ (see Roberts , William John ), held near Trefriw , and won some prizes at eisteddfodau. He emigrated to the U.S.A. and became choir master at the Summit Hill, Pa., Catholic church ; he was also a teacher of music and kept a music store . Among his compositions are ‘ Mother's Grave ,’ ‘ The Old Church Bell ,’ ‘ The Christmas Tree ,’ ‘ The Cottage in the Woods ,’ and ‘ When shall I go home again ,’ but to most Welsh people he was known as the composer of ‘ Y Bwthyn Bach To Gwellt ,’ which proved very popular. He d. 26 Aug. 1909 in hospital at Allentown, Pa. , and was buried at Slatington, Pa .

Sources:

  • Y Drych newyddiadur cenedlaethol Cymry America , 16 Sept. 1909.

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959