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Accumulated manuscript volumes

Manuscript volumes, previously in the possession of musicians, collectors or precentors, and accumulated by Dr J. Lloyd Williams. Many were evidently acquired by him from J. H. Davies, Cwrt-mawr, and contain mainly folk songs and hymn tunes, recorded in eighteenth and nineteenth century Wales.


A book of anthems, including works by David Hughes, 'Cristiolus Môn' ('Elias a Jonah'), J[ohn] Ambrose Lloyd ('Y Mab Afradlawn'), Robert Davies, 'Cyndeyrn', 1861 ('Crist ein Pasg ni'), Thomas G[ruffydd] Jones, 'Tavalaw' ['Tafalaw Bencerdd'] ('Molwch yr Arglwydd' and 'Daniel'), J. Williams, 'Ab Alaw', Treffynnon ('Telyn Judah' and 'Hosannah Chorus'), Owen [Humphrey] Davies, 'Eos Llechid' ('Salm 115.1'), William Roberts ('Cenhadon Hedd'), R[owland] H[uw] Pritchard ('Y Salm Gyntaf' and 'Deffroad'), G. Williams ('Darfu am y Cyfiawn'), E. B. Williams ('Cenwch i'r Arglwydd' and 'Clych Dirwestol'), J[ohn] Ellis ('Job 14', arranged by W[illiam] J[ohn] Hughes, M.R.C.P.), J. P. Jones ('Yr Arglwydd sydd yn teyrnasu'), E[dward] Stephen ['Tanymarian'] ('Desgrifiad o'r Cristion yn marw'), W[illiam] Pugh ('Iddo Ef'), and John Parry ('Deffro di ogleddwynt'); and hymn-tunes, including 'Adria' by William Jones, 'Talwrn' by 'Madawg', 'Montrose' by W. A. Powell, and 'Rhuthin' by J[oseph] D[avid] Jones.

Anthemau a thonau

A collection of fragments of anthems and hymn-tunes, some of them composed by John Williams, Dolgellau, and a hymn-tune ('Clodforwch chwi holl ddynol ryw') by I[saac] Williams.

Anthemau ac emyn-donau

Anthems and hymn-tunes for temperance campaigns and other purposes, including anthems by D[avid] Hughes ['Cristiolus Môn'] ('Cwymp Dagon'), D[aniel] T[homas] Williams, Merthyr ('Diolch i Ti, O Dad') and Owen [Humphrey] Davies ('Anthem Nadolig'), a glee by 'J. O. R.', and a song entitled 'Nos Dawch'.

Anthemau ac emyn-donau

A book of anthems, hymn-tunes and psalm-tunes, including anthems by Richard Mills ['Rhydderch Hael'] ('Cenwch i'r Arglwydd') and R[ees] P. Williams, Rhymney ('Ac mi glywais lais o'r nef').


  • NLW MS 9388A.
  • File
  • [1862].

A book of anthems and hymn-tunes belonging in 1862 to Martha Rees, Carnmeninisha, Mynachlogddu.

Caneuon a thonau,

  • NLW MS 11989A.
  • File
  • [19 cent.] /

A tune book of Griffith Williams, Griolen, Llanuwchllyn, containing songs, hymn-tunes, and anthems. Eight of the compositions are attributed, seven to J. D. Jones, Ruthin, and one to E. S. Jones. Two of the compositions are written to words by Samuel Roberts ('S. R.'), Llanbryn-mair, and one to words by (Lewis (or Llewelyn?) Edwards] 'Llewelyn Twrog'.

Williams, Griffith, Llanuwchllyn

Caniadau y Cyssegr

The file comprises a copy of Caniadau y Cyssegr, neu, Gasgliad o Donau Hen a Diweddar...wedi eu cynghaneddu i bedwar o leisiau, gan John Roberts, Henllan (1839). The copy has been annotated and English translations of the hymns supplied by a later hand.

Caniadau y Cyssegr,

  • NLW MS 9250A.
  • File
  • 1839-1871 /

A copy of Caniadau y Cyssegr (John Roberts) (Denbigh, 1839), with additional tunes in manuscript, 1839-1871.

Roberts, John, 1807-1876

'Canto y Gynulleidfa'

'Canto y Gynulleidfa, sef Anthemau a Thonau cyfaddas i'w canu yn yr addoliad cyhoeddus, gan David Bynner ('Dewi Cadfan'), Llangadfan, Chwefror 8fed 1859'. The anthems are 'Praise the Lord, O my soul', 'The Congregational Anthem', and 'Moliant Seion'. Several of the hymn-tunes have titles of Montgomeryshire association, e.g. Beulah, St Cadfan, Cannoffice and Myfod.


A music book containing anthem-, psalm-, and hymn-tunes.

Davies, Robert, fl. 1844

Cerddoriaeth amrywiol

A miscellaneous collection of hymn-tunes, anthems and songs by Welsh composers, including 'Seren Bethlehem' by Edward Stephen ('Tanymarian'), 'Waterloo' by D. J. Morgans, 'Yr hen aelwyd Gymreig' by 'Isallt', 'Cyfraith yr Arglwydd' by D. W. Lewis, 'Trywead alawon' by W. O. Jones, 'Gwyn fyd y gwr' by Dan Protheroe, with Christmas cards in the form of carols, 1907-1912, 'Diangaist i'r Bedd' by D. Emlyn Evans, 'O'r dyfnder y llefais' by W. T. Samuel, 'Gras ein Harglwydd' by M. Morgan, Cwmtawe, 'Atgofion yr hen amser gynt' and 'Cartref fy mebyd' by R. S. Hughes, 'Bow down the knee' by Edward Stephen, 'I will lay me down in peace' by C. Francis Lloyd, 'Prize Composition, 1893' by D. Pughe Evans, and hymn-tunes by W. T. David, John Davies, Godre'r Parc, A. Evans, Llandudno, D. Emlyn Evans, M. O. Jones, T. Amos Jones, D. W. Lewis, William Owen, Porthmadog, and Joseph Parry.


Tune-books of the Reverend Evan Lewis, Brynberian, consisting largely of hymntunes, psalm-tunes, and anthems by D[avid] James, Brynberian (partly in his own hand), Martin Luther, Jo. Smith, R. Engleburt, Dr. [John] Randall, E. Blanks, Rippon, R. Keene, D. Richards, [David Jenkin Morgan], [ J. Williams], [ ] Arnold, J. Edwards, Llangadock, [Ludwig van] Beetho[v] en, Dr. Cope, [ ] Clarke, Thomas James, J[ohn] Evan, Pencareg [near Lampeter], W. Harries, Castellnedd, Wm. Evans, T. Jarman, John Roberts ('Ieuan Gwyllt'), D. Harries, 'ger Pencader', [John] Fawcett, [ ] Hendon, [William Owen, Prysgol], etc., together with compositions extracted from 'Casgliad Roberts' and from Juvenile Magazine, 1840, the words of hymns, airs, etc., and notes on the theory of music. The majority of the compositions were recorded during the period 1844-9, but there are additional items dated to the year 1881.

Evan Lewis.


David Richards, Caerphili (ed): Swn Addoli: sef Casgliad o Hen Alawon Cymreig ... (Llanidloes [1862]), together with a few additions in the hand of the Reverend Evan Lewis, Brynberian.

David Richards and Evan Lewis.


A volume containing hymn-tunes and folk-tunes together with an index to the tunes, written in a mid-nineteenth century hand (ff. 73-209), bound together with a copy of William Owen, Prysgol, Y Perl Cerddorol... (Caernarfon, 1852) (ff. 7-72). A note in pencil on f. 1, probably in the hand of Philip Thomas, suggesting 'Shenkin Dounie, Harpist, Neath' to have been the scribe is probably an error for John Dounie [Downey], harpist, the Mera, Neath (see E. E. Williams, 'The queen of the Mera', Neath Antiquarian Society Transactions (1979), 6-7). Also included is a printed advertisement for John Ambrose Lloyd, Casgliad o Donau... (1843) (f. 210).

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