Robert Williams was b. at Mynydd Ithel farm , Llanfechell , Anglesey , s. of Owen Williams and Mary (née Davies ) . He was baptised at Llanfechell on 27 Oct. 1782 . He was blind from birth and earned his living by basket-making , but was also a musician of great repute.
The tune which we now call ‘ Llanfair ’ was at first called ‘ Bethel ’; it is so called in Robert Williams 's manuscript book, and is there dated 14 July 1817 . It was first printed (again named ‘ Bethel ’) as harmonized by John Roberts ( 1807 - 1876 ) of Henllan , in the Peroriaeth Hyfryd ( 1837 ) of John Parry ( 1775 - 1846 )
His burial is recorded in Llanfechell parish register under the name Robert Owen , 15 July 1818 , though he is said to have been buried in Llanrhwydrys churchyard.
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Huw Williams, (1922-2002), Bangor / Prestatyn
Published date: 1959