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EDWARDS , WILLIAM ( 1773 - 1853 ), hymnwriter .

A nephew and bardic disciple of Robert William(s) ( 1744 - 1815 ) . Little is known of his life, except that he was a weaver , m. a daughter of John Evans of Bala ( 1723 - 1817 ) , and was living with his father-in-law at the time of the latter's death. He was not a preacher , but became in later life an elder in the Calvinistic Methodist church at Bala . He was a warm supporter of Sunday schools , and assisted Thomas Charles in setting up these schools around the town.

His claim to remembrance is a small book which he published at Bala in 1818 , Ychydig Hymnau ar Destunau Athrawiaethol a Phrofiadol — two or three of our best-known hymns are his work. The exact days of his birth and death are not known.


  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , iii, 77, 162 (but see also 271);
  • W. Williams , Methodistiaeth Dwyrain Meirionydd (1902) , 573-4;
  • J. Thickens , Emynau a'u Hawduriaid (1945) .


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

Published date: 1959