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ROBERTS , LEWIS ( Eos Twrog ; 1756 - 1844 ), musician and weaver ;

b. 9 March 1756 in the parish of Llandecwyn, Mer. After his marriage with the daughter of Plas Llandecwyn he went to live in a house called Pen-y-glannau in the adjoining parish of Maentwrog . He was a well-known harpist and player on the crwth , and came to be considered the best singer in the land to the accompaniment of the harp; although he could make verse in all sorts of ‘measures’ fit the harp, his favourite measure for that purpose appears to have been that of the cywydd . He took prizes at various eisteddfodau — e.g. ‘ the silver tongue ’ offered by the London Gwyneddigion Society at Corwen , 12 May 1789 , at Carmarthen 1819 , and Wrexham 1820 . He also served as adjudicator and singer to the harp at various eisteddfodau. In his last years he received much help from gentlefolk who admired his talent. He d. 2 April 1844 , in Dolgelley , at the house of his daughter; he lies buried in Maentwrog churchyard.


  • Y Dysgedydd , 1844 , 192;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , ii, 512;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) ;
  • R. Griffith , Llyfr Cerdd Dannau (1913) .


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

Published date: 1959