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DAVIES , ROBERT ( Cyndeyrn ; 1814 - 1867 ), musician ;

b. 16 June 1814 at Segar farm , Henllan , near Denbigh . He lost his mother when he was 4 years of age and was brought up at Bron-haul , Henllan , by an uncle. He was apprenticed to a painter at S. Asaph . In 1834 he moved to Bangor , where he came into prominence as a musician and was elected precentor of the Wesleyan chapel . In 1837 he m. Margaret , daughter of Owen Williams of Tros-y-canol , near Bangor ; she was known as ‘ Meinwen Elwy ’ and was descended from the family of the poet Goronwy Owen (q.v.) . In 1840 the family moved to S. Asaph , where he was appointed principal alto in the cathedral choir , a position he held for twenty-seven years. There, he established the ‘ Glee Society ’ and the ‘ Philharmonic Society ’ and was selected to conduct the massed church choirs of the see of S. Asaph . He was an excellent composer of anthems . In the Bethesda eisteddfod , 1852 , he won the prize and medal for his anthem ‘ Mawl a'th erys Di yn Seion ,’ to which he had attached the pseudonym Cyndeyrn , by which he was known for the rest of his life. He was a prize-winner at Bethesda in 1853 and again in the eisteddfod held at Denbigh in 1860 . The anthems were published in Y Cerddor Cymraeg and Greal y Corau and some of his hymn-tunes are to be found in Llyfr Tonau ac Emynau ( Stephen and Jones ), Casgliad St. Asaph ( W. J. Hughes ), and Caniadau y Cysegr a'r Teulu ( Gee , Denbigh ). His services were frequently called for as an adjudicator . He d. Oct. 1867 and was buried in S. Asaph churchyard.


  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 (1908) ;
  • Y Cerddor , Dec. 1891 .


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

Published date: 1959