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LLOYD , WILLIAM ( 1786 - 1852 ), musician ;

b. at Rhos-goch , Llaniestyn , Llŷn , in 1786 ; there is a tradition that he was a cattle-drover . The family was musical, and Lloyd himself went around Llŷn holding music classes and conducting hymnody-festivals ; he also gave instruction to people who visited him at his home. He composed many hymn-tunes , but the tune with which his name is most widely associated is the dignified tune now known as ‘ Meirionydd ,’ which appears not only in all the Welsh hymnals, but also in such collections as Songs of Praise . In a manuscript book which belonged to Lloyd himself it is called ‘ Berth ,’ and it was under that name that it first appeared in print, in Caniadaeth Seion ( 1840 ) published by Richard Mills (q.v.) . Lloyd d., according to his tombstone in Llaniestyn churchyard, on 7 June 1852 , aged 66.


  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon (1922) , 253;
  • P. Dearmer and A. Jacob , Songs of Praise Discussed a handbook to the best-known hymns and to others recently introduced (London, 1933) ( 1933 );
  • Ifor L. Evans (ed.), Mawl yr Oesoedd. Casgliad o donau ac emynau (Cardiff, 1951) (Cardiff, 1951 ).


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959