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DAVIES , HUGH THOMAS ( 1881 - 1969 ), musician, writer, and one of the pioneers of Cymdeithas Cerdd Dant Cymru ;

b. 5 Apr. 1881 at Y Felin Uchaf , Glanconwy, Denb. , son of Richard Davies and his wife Eunice (née Williams ) . He m., 4 Sept. 1909 , Margaret , daughter of Griffith R. Jones , minister (B) of Ffordd Las , Glanconwy , and they had five children, all of whom became interested in Welsh traditional cultural activities. As the surveyor for Conwy , H.T. Davies lived for some time in Liverpool and then at Glanconwy , but moved in 1919 to Tywyn, Mer. , where he spent the rest of his life as an architect , surveyor and health officer . His chief interests were religion and music, and he made a significant contribution in his immediate circle and nationally in both fields. He was one of the founders of Cymdeithas Cerdd Dant Cymru on 10 Nov. 1934 , and served as president of the Society and was its treasurer for 12 yrs. He was a national adjudicator , a prolific ‘setter’ of words and a composer of airs to which words could be set for penillion singing . He taught many parties, soloists and choirs in the art of singing to the harp ( cerdd dant ) who came to the fore at national eisteddfodau and cerdd dant festivals . His contribution in this field was appreciated by the members of the Society of which he was made an honorary life member . He d. 14 Mar. 1969 .

Sources:

  • Information from his daughter, Margaret Eunice Williams, Aberystwyth .

Author:

Dr Aled Lloyd Davies, Mold

Published date: 2001