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ROBERTS , WILLIAM MORGAN ( 1853 - 1923 ), musician ;

b. in Oct. 1853 in Cwm Rhiwaith , near Llangynog , Mont. , the son of Robert and Margaret Roberts . He came of a musical family; his grandfather wrote a textbook on music and his father was a member of a brass band . The family lived for a time in Corwen and afterwards in Wrexham . He won the prize at the Amlwch eisteddfod , 1878 , for a part-song, ‘ Y Daran ,’ whilst another part-song by him, ‘ Cwsg, fy Maban ,’ which was a test-piece at national eisteddfodau held in Corwen and Caernarvon , became very popular in Australia and the U.S.A. After living for some time in Liverpool and Manchester he joined the firm of Hughes and Son , Wrexham , publishers of books and music. It was he who suggested to that firm the publication (in 1889 ) of Y Cerddor , under the editorship of David Jenkins and D. Emlyn Evans (q.v.) , and he became responsible for the music pieces that were issued with that journal . He acted as secretary of the eisteddfodau held at Liverpool , 1884 , and Wrexham , 1888 . He contributed articles to Y Cerddor and produced Welsh versions of some of the works of the masters. He edited the second supplement to Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol ( Ieuan Gwyllt ). Hymn-tunes composed by him appeared in some hymnals. In 1918 he obtained a post under the Ministry of Agriculture . He d. 26 May 1923 , and was buried in the Wrexham cemetery.


  • Y Cerddor , 1918 , 49, 73, 110.


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

Published date: 1959