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Leila Mégane and T. Osborne Roberts Papers and Correspondence
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Anthems, hymns, songs, etc.

Manuscript and printed copies, 1905, 1948, of anthems, hymn-tunes and songs, composed or arranged by T. Osborne Roberts, including 'Berceuse' (ff. 8-10), 'I Loved a Lass' (ff. 32-35) and 'A Lullaby' (ff. 53-55), words by George Withers; 'Britain', words by John Ceiriog Hughes (Ceiriog) (ff. 16-17 verso); 'Seren fechan, Seren dlos' (f. 21 recto-verso) and 'Seren fechan yn y nos' (ff. 22-23 verso), words by Thomas Jones, Cerrigellgwm; 'Hiraeth' (ff. 30 recto-verso, 107 verso-108) and 'Y Mynydd' (ff. 78-81), words by Robert Williams Parry; 'The Kingfisher', words by William Henry Davies (ff. 38-40), and 'Y Lloer', words by W. H. Davies with a Welsh translation by R. Williams Parry (ff. 64-65); 'Medi' (ff. 58-61) and 'Y Wlad Annwyl Hon' (f. 133 recto-verso), words by Eliseus Williams (Eifion Wyn); 'Morfudd fy Mûn', words by Gerald Griffin translated into Welsh by Caradog Prichard (ff. 66-71 verso); 'Nefoedd', words by John Roberts (Ieuan Gwyllt) (ff. 82-90 verso); 'Stars of the Summer Night', words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (ff. 131-132 verso); and 'Ymson', words by Heinrich Heine translated into Welsh by Sir John Morris-Jones (ff. 134-141 verso).
Notes are added in the hand of Leila Mégane on ff. 138, 143, 150-158.


Two notebooks, 1919-1943 and 1922-1943, containing hymn-tunes composed by T. Osborne Roberts, including settings of 'Wedi gadael gwlad yr wylo' (f. 1 recto-verso) and 'Gwlad y cystudd, gwlad yr wylo' (ff. 17 verso-18), words by Evan Rees (Dyfed), and of 'O Tyred, f'Anwylyd, fy Arglwydd yn ddyn' (ff. 2 verso-3), words by William Williams, Pantycelyn, with notes added, 1950, by Leila Mégane.

Leila Mégane and T. Osborne Roberts Papers and Correspondence

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  • [early 20 cent.]-1979

Papers, [early 20 cent.]-1979, of or relating to the contralto Margaret Jones (afterwards Roberts) (Leila Mégane), Pwllheli, and her husband the composer and musician Thomas Osborne Roberts.

Megane, Leila, 1891-1960

Leila Mégane manuscripts

Papers, [early 20 cent.]-1969, of or relating to Leila Mégane, including typescript copies of her autobiography, 1946-[c. 1960], letters addressed to her, 1914-1960, papers relating to Jean de Reszke, 1933-1959, a journal, 1957, and scrap-albums, [early 20 cent.]-[c. 1958].

Letters to Leila Mégane

Over one hundred and fifty letters, 1916-1959, to Leila Mégane relating mainly to her singing career and including letters from Sir Granville Bantock (2), 1934, Lilian Baylis (1), 1935, Benjamin Grey Davies (2), 1923-1936, Edward Tegla Davies (1), 1953, Walter Johnstone-Douglas (5), 1921-1956, Benno Elkan (2), 1945, Franklin Engelmann (1), 1955, Frances Louise Lloyd George, Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor (14), 1945-1948, Lady Megan Arfon Lloyd George (2), 1945-1946, Otto Hermann Kahn (3), 1923-1933, Count John McCormack (1), 1937, Robert Owen, Croesor (1), 1954, Robert Williams Parry (5), 1948-1949, Nansi Richards (Telynores Maldwyn) (1), 1959, Sir Landon Ronald (1), 1934, Richie Thomas, Penmachno (1), 1953, Emlyn Williams (10), 1951-1956, Thomas Nefyn Williams (2), 1958, and Sir Henry Joseph Wood (1), 1934, with notes and comments concerning the correspondents added by Leila Mégane on many of the letters. Letters, 1920-1960, to other individuals relating to Leila Mégane include four to T. Osborne Roberts and one to Frances Louise Lloyd George, Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor (ff. 226-241 verso).

Letters, &c., to Leila Mégane

Letters, 1934-1949, to Leila Mégane concerning the proposed publication of her autobiography. Among the correspondents are Eric Johns (1), 1937, Gwilym Richard Jones (1), 1934, Caradog Prichard (1), [1930s], Robert David Rowland (Anthropos) (1), [1930s], and Count John Francis Charles de Salis (1), 1935. Also included are a foreword to the autobiography by Sir Percy Loraine, 1934, a list of photographs for inclusion in the book, and four letters, 1955-1956, concerning its serialization in the Caernarvon & Denbigh Herald & North Wales Observer, November 1955-April 1956.

Miscellaneous papers

Papers of Leila Mégane, [1948x1960], including a typescript with revisions and additions in her hand of 'The Parting', being an account of the life and death of her husband, Thomas Osborne Roberts (ff. 1-15); additional notes in her hand relating to his death (ff. 16-20); typescript and autograph copies of an account of her conversations with Dame Nellie Melba concerning Jean de Reszke (ff. 21-25); and her observations on life, death and the arts (ff. 26-33).

Miscellaneous papers

Miscellaneous papers, 1938-1969, consisting of autobiographical notes, [1950s], by Leila Mégane, including a list of corrections to the series of articles about her published in the Caernarvon & Denbigh Herald & North Wales Observer (ff. 1-6); inventories of her possessions, 1956-1959 (ff. 42-64); and her instructions, [c. 1959], regarding her death and burial (f. 69), together with notes, 1960-1969, by her daughter, Effie Isaura Osborne Hughes, and her sister, Jane Esther Jones Musgrove.

Hughes, Effie Isaura Osborne

Notes, &c.

A volume containing brief notes by Leila Mégane on buildings in Rome written after her second visit to Rome in 1918 (ff. 1-4 verso); and lists in her hand, 1951-1956, of gifts she made after the death of her husband, T. Osborne Roberts (ff. 5-9 verso, 10 verso-11 verso), and of items given to her early in her singing career (f. 27).

Papers relating to Jean de Reszke

Letters and papers, 1933-1959, concerning Jean de Reszke in connection with the proposed publication of Leila Mégane's autobiography. They include letters to Leila Mégane from Walter Johnstone-Douglas (4), 1956-1958, permits from members of the de Reszke family to publish the correspondence of Jean and Edouard de Reszke (4), 1956-1957, a review of Clara Leiser, Jean de Reszke and the Great Days of Opera (London, 1933), and miscellaneous notes, 1958-1959, by Leila Mégane.

Johnstone-Douglas, Walter, 1886-1972

Papers relating to Thomas Osborne Roberts

Twenty-four letters of sympathy, 1948, to Leila Mégane on the death of her husband, T. Osborne Roberts (ff. 1-32), together with letters and testimonials to T. Osborne Roberts, 1930-1948 (ff. 33-41), letters to Effie Isaura Osborne Hughes, daughter of Leila Mégane, relating to her mother (6), 1960-1968 (ff. 42-47 verso), and miscellaneous correspondence (5), 1919-1966 (ff. 48-54).

Hughes, Effie Isaura Osborne

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