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EVANS , DAVID ( 1705 - 1788 ), cleric, author, and musician ;

b. at Llangynyw, Mont. , the son of David Evans , cleric , Llangynyw . He was educated at Jesus College , Oxford ( B.A. 1728 , M.A. 1731 ). He received the choral vicariate of Llanddwyn in 1734 , and in 1737 became rector of Llanerfyl ; he exchanged the latter in 1767 for Llanymynech , where he spent the remainder of his days. In 1772 he was made a canon of S. Asaph . He was regarded as a good scholar , and he assisted Charles Burney with material for his History of Music ; he also helped Edward Jones ( Bardd y Brenin ) with folk songs and airs for Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards , 1784 . Among his papers was found a letter from a friend asking him to supply Samuel Johnson with a list of English words deriving from Welsh for inclusion in the dictionary which the lexicographer was preparing. He d. in 1788 and was buried at Llanymynech , where there is a marble monument in his memory.


  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870) ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig (1890) ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 (1908) ;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) .


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

Published date: 1959