- [1718x1912] / (Creation)
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Composers John Lewis ('Eos Glyn Wyre') and his brother David Lewis were born in Llanrhystud; their father, Lewis Lewis, though a tailor by trade, was himself a keen musician. John Lewis composed hymn tunes and part-songs, one of which, 'Adgyfodiad' was published in the collection of William Harries, Heolyfelin, in 1896. He was better-known, however, as a poet and his works won prizes at several eisteddfodau. David Lewis began to compose at the age of 15, as well as conducting singing classes. He composed a large number of hymn-tunes, some of which were collected and edited by J. T. Rees, and much of his work was published in Y Cerddor Cymreig, Greal y Corau, Y Gerddorfa, and Cronicl y Cerddor.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Messrs R. Lewis & Co. and the Reverend D. Wyre Lewis, sons of John Lewis; Felinganol, Llanrhystud and Rhos; Presentation; 1929
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Scope and content
Papers, [1718x1912], of John and David Lewis, comprising notebooks of John Lewis, 1850-1892, containing hymns and poems; printed items, 1839-1908; correspondence of David Lewis, 1851-1908, and miscellaneous letters, 1850-1867; music manuscripts of David Lewis, 1854-1908, including hymn-tunes, songs and anthems; volumes belonging to David Lewis containing hymns by him and others, 1839-1858; papers of the Lewis family, 1718-1898, most of which are music-related.
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Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 8177-8277.
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The descriptions are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961).
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Formerly known as Lewis, Llanrhystyd 1-101.
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Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH
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September 2005 and February 2010.
Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS, and revised by Bethan Ifans. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume III (Aberystwyth, 1961);