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PRICE , EDWARD MEREDITH ( 1816 - 1898 ), musician ;

b. in 1816 at Pen-lan , a mountain cottage in Pant-y-dwr , S. Harmon, Rads. , son of John Price ; both his parents died when he was young. He began to take an interest in music at an early age. He had become acquainted with Hafrenydd ( Thomas Williams , 1807 - 1894) , in whose Ceinion Cerddoriaeth , 1852 , six of Price 's hymn-tunes, including the very well known ‘ St. Garmon ,’ appeared; in 1855 his tune ‘ Natalia ’ appeared in G. Harris 's Haleliwiah Drachefn ; see R. D. Griffith , Hanes Canu Cynulleidfaol Cymru , 157, 162.

When his brother died, Price sold the cottage and emigrated to Australia . He had intended returning to this country on the Royal Charter but, fortunately for himself, failed to catch it — the ship, it will be remembered, was wrecked on the coast of Anglesey , 20 Oct. 1859 . After returning home he settled in his native parish where he continued to compose . In his later years, however, he lived at Builth , where he d. 5 March 1898 at the age of 82; he was buried 9 March in Builth churchyard. In 1935 a memorial stone was erected over his grave.

Sources:

  • Personal knowledge.

Author:

Onfel Thomas, Builth Wells

Published date: 1959