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WILLIAMS , FOULK ROBERT ( Eos Llyfnwy ; 1774 - 1870 ), musician ;

b. at Hendreforion-bach , Llanllyfni, Caerns. (and christened 6 Oct. 1774 ), the son of Robert William , weaver , and Lowry his wife. Owing to his gift as a singer he came to be called ‘ Ffowc bach y canwr ’; later he was known as Foulk Roberts . When he was 17 he received music lessons for a period of three months from John Williams ( Ioan Rhagfyr , q.v.) , these lessons being paid for by some gentleman. For many years he visited certain districts in Anglesey and Caernarvonshire to teach congregational singing . The National Library of Wales has a 1,158-page manuscript called ‘ Llyfr Cerddoriaeth o Gerddi Sion …, compiled c. 1834 by Foulk Roberts; this manuscript contains anthems, hymn-tunes, carols, old airs, etc., the compiler and collector being designated as ‘Foulk Roberts (Eos Llyfnwy), Llanrug. ’ After his marriage he moved to Clegir , in the upper part of the parish of Llan-rug , and it was there that he d. 11 Dec. 1870 ; he was buried in Llan-rug churchyard.


  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) .


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

Corrections and additions:

ROBERTS , FOULK (‘ Eos Llyfnwy ’; DWB , 1038 under WILLIAMS , FOULK ROBERT ).

He was baptised at Llanllyfni , 6 Dec. 1782 ; an elder brother of the same name was buried on 16 July 1780 . He m. his cousin, Catherine Williams , at Llanberis on 6 Aug. 1800 .


  • Information from Huw Roberts, Pwllheli .


Published date: 1959