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JONES , THOMAS (‘ Gogrynwr ’; 1822 - 1854 ), doctor and musician ;

b. at Bronant , Dolgellau, Mer. , 1822 . His father was a druggist who gave him the best education and apprenticed him to a surgeon . After completing his educational course and performing his hospital work successfully, he spent some time in Liverpool , and subsequently at Wrexham and Corwen . When he was 32 years old he moved to Penstryt , Llandegla , and d. there in 1854 . He left a manuscript volume of music containing tunes and the cantata Gweddi Habacuc which he had submitted to the Porthmadog eisteddfod in 1851 . His letters which appeared in Yr Amserau , 1851 , criticising the adjudication made by ‘ Tanymarian ’ ( DWB , 923) at Bethesda eisteddfod , led to much agitation in musical circles.

Sources:

  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890

Author:

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

Published date: 2001