Fonds GB 0210 JGLYNW - J. Glyndyrus Williams Music MSS,

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J. Glyndyrus Williams Music MSS,


  • 1949-1952 / (Creation)

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0.009 cubic metres (1 box)

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Name of creator

Biographical history

John Glyndyrus Williams (1874-1955), composer of Welsh hymns and anthems, was born at Mountain Ash, Merthyr Tydfil. As a young boy, he became interested in the harmonium, and later, when his family emigrated to Scranton, Pennsylvania, he became fascinated with the work of the American Gospel composer, Ira D. Sankey. In 1890, the family returned to Merthyr, and Williams started to learn Tonic Sol-fa with Abraham Thomas, Precentor of Adulum Chapel. He was appointed conductor of the Zion Band of Hope, and was later Precentor at various local chapels. As a composer he won a prize for a march 'Awn i Bethania' in the festival held by the Baptists in Merthyr. He served on the committee of the musical festival arranged by the Baptist Denomination at the National Pavilion in 1901. He was a member of the Tonic Sol-fa Board and acted as an examiner on several occasions. He was one of the youngest members of the musical committee of the National Eisteddfod held in Merthyr in 1901, and was conductor of Cymanfaoedd Canu. He was appointed school attendance officer, 1899-1911, by the Merthyr School Board and later as a relieving officer until he retired on 30th September 1939. He died at St. Tydfil's Hospital on Monday, 18th April 1955, at the age of 80.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Purchased from David Harbourne, 44 Bishop's Walk, Llandaff, Cardiff, in August 1987.

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Scope and content

Notebook, music book; anthems, hymn-tunes and marches; miscellaneous songs (solos and four parts); miscellaneous music; published compositions and scrapbook of Evan Morgan ('Alaw Tydfil'), Merthyr Tydfil, mainly containing copies of hymn-tunes by various composers.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records purchased by the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright regulations apply

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Language and script notes

Welsh, English.

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Finding aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Minor Lists and Summaries 1988, p. 71, at the National Library of Wales.

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Title supplied from contents of fonds.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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Description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.;AACR2; and LCSH


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Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2003


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW Project. The following sources were consulted in the compilation of this description: NLW, Minor Lists and Summaries, 1988; Merthyr Express, 23 April 1955.

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  • Text: J. Glyndyrus Williams Music MSS.