He started his career in the 23rd Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers where he stayed nine and a half years. He then settled at Newtown, Mont. , and remained there for the rest of his life.
In 1836 he m. Eleanor Wood Jones , daughter of Jeremiah Wood Jones , harpist at Gogerddan for half a century.
A pupil of Richard Roberts ( 1796 - 1855 ) , a Caernarvon harpist , he became a noted harpist and a skilled singer of penillion to the accompaniment of the harp . He won the triple harp offered at the Abergavenny eisteddfod , 1842 , taking the chief prize in 1848 also. He also won the harp at the Cardiff eisteddfod of 1850 . He played before the queen at Portsmouth in 1834 and at Winchester (twice) in 1835 ; he also played before grand duke Constantine of Russia at Aberystwyth ( 1847 ), and the king of Belgium at Swansea in 1848 . He taught nine of his children to play the harp, the violin, and the flute , and they gave a concert before queen Victoria at Pale, Mer. , when she visited that house in 1889 . Four years previously ( 1885 ) he had given up calling himself Alaw Elwy on being invested by Gwilym Cowlyd as ‘ Telynor Cymru ’ in a bardic ‘gorsedd’ held on the shores of Llyn Geirionydd ( 1886 ).
He d. 11 May 1894 . He was a fluent Romany -speaker.
Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn
Published date: 1959