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MEREDITH , ROBERT ( 1823 - 1893 ), printer of Welsh books and music in the U.S.A. ;

b. 23 Sept. 1823 in Y Ffynnon , Blaenau Ffestiniog , son of Robert Meredith (afterwards the Rev. Robert Meredith , Holland Patent, N.Y. ). He emigrated to America in 1831 , lived in Utica, N.Y. , and afterwards in Marcy , near Holland Patent . He received his education at the Holland Patent Academy , and was apprenticed to E. E. Roberts , printer , Utica . In 1848 he went to New York to print Y Cyfaill . Afterwards he moved to Rome, N.Y. , where he set up his own printing press at which he printed Y Cyfaill for a period of ten years. He moved to Racine , Wisconsin , in 1861 , and, in 1863 , to Chicago , where, in conjunction with his two sons, he set up a press at which music could be printed . Among the Welsh books which he printed are Y Pregethwr a'r Gwrandawr , 1855 , Y Drysorfa Gerddorol , 1856 , and Blodau Paradwys , the last containing hymns and tunes for Sunday School use — the music by Sankey and the words translated into Welsh by Meredith . In 1858 he began to publish Yr Arweinydd ( Rome, N.Y. ). Adgofion o'r Amser Gynt was printed in 1885-6 . He d. 20 July 1893 at Chicago .

Sources:

  • The Cambrian , iv, 356;
  • ibid., 1894 , 158-60;
  • Y Drych newyddiadur cenedlaethol Cymry America , 26 April, 26 July 1856, 15 April 1886.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959