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ROBERTS , WILLIAM (‘ Wil Brych ’; ( fl. c. 1825 ), an ostler and musician ,

who lived in Tyn-y-maes , near Bethesda, Caerns. and who attended to the horses drawing the London and Holyhead mail coaches. He attended music classes conducted by Robert Williams (‘ Cae Aseth ’), whom he used to accompany in order to help to conduct in Sunday school at Nant-y-benglog . William Owen , of Prysgol ( 1813 - 1893 ) (q.v.) , used to visit Tyn-y-maes and received lessons from ‘ Wil Brych .’ He wrote several hymn-tunes , the best-known being ‘ Andalusia .’

Sources:

  • Y Cerddor , June 1914 and May 1930 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959