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OWEN , DAVID (‘ Dafydd y Garreg Wen '; 1711/12 - 1741 ), harpist ;

christened 27 Jan. 1711/12 , son of Owen Humphreys of Ynyscynhaearn, Caerns. , and Gwen (Roberts) , Isallt Fawr , Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, Caerns. (See J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees , 353). He attained fame both as harpist and as the reputed composer of the airs called ‘ Dafydd y Garreg Wen ’ (‘ David of the White Rock ’), ‘ Codiad yr Ehedydd ’ (‘ The rising of the lark ’), and ‘ Difyrrwch gwyr Criccieth ’ (‘ The delight of the men of Criccieth ’). He d. in Aug. 1741 and was buried in Ynyscynhaearn churchyard.

Sources:

  • Edward Jones , Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards… ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • R. Griffith , Llyfr Cerdd Dannau , 1913 ;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , iii;
  • Y Brython , 1862-3 ;
  • Y Cymro , June and July 1949 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959