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OWEN , WILLIAM ( 1830 - 1865 ), musician ;

b. 11 May 1830 at Tremadoc, Caerns. , the son of William and Beti Owen . He was educated at the British school, Pont-ynys-galch , Portmadoc; later, he received some instruction from Owen Griffith , Garn Dolbenmaen . He and his brother carried on the work followed by the father, who had been connected with the timber trade . He was given lessons in organ-playing by a Mrs. Coventry (the earl of Coventry 's niece) who kept a private school at Tremadoc . Among his eisteddfod successes were — an anthem, ‘ Can Moses a Chân yr Oen ,’ at the Bethesda eisteddfod of 1851 , and, in the same year, at Eisteddfod Madog , an anthem ‘ Gweddi Habacuc .’ An anthem by him to the words beginning ‘ Wrth afonydd Babilon ’ was published; several carols and hymn-tunes composed by him were also published — e.g. the hymn-tune ‘ Porthmadog ’ appeared in Caniadau y Cysegr a'r Teulu , 1865 . He d. 2 Aug. 1865 , and was buried in Penmorfa churchyard.


  • Y Cerddor , July 1893 ;
  • Y Cerddor Cymreig (1861-1873) , Nos. 64 and 65;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) .


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

Published date: 1959