Fonds GB 0210 WILGOL - William Owen, Prysgol, Papers,

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William Owen, Prysgol, Papers,


  • [1825]-[c. 1854] / (Creation)

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5 volumes.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

William Owen, Prysgol (1813-1893) was a composer of anthems and hymn tunes, including the well-known hymn-tune 'Bryn Calfaria'. He was born in Bangor, Caernarfonshire, and began writing music at the age of eighteen. He later moved to Prysgol, Llanrug, Caernarfonshire. He composed several temperance pieces, and his anthem 'Ffynnon Ddisglair' and hymn-tunes 'Alma' and 'Deemster' were among his most popular works.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mr Owen H. Jones, Rhostryfan, 1962. Donated by Mr Dewi Lloyd Jones, Liverpool, 1973.

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Scope and content

Holograph manuscript of the hymn-tune 'Bryn Calfaria' by William Owen, 1850; four manuscript tune-books and loose manuscript music mostly in the hand of William Owen, including many of his own compositions, (watermark 1825)-[c. 1854]; together with some printed music relating to the composer and photographs relating to the memorial to him erected at Cae Athro in 1913.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All records donated to the National Library of Wales have been retained..


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged as NLW MSS 12052C, 21547-21551.

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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.

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Usual copyright regulations apply.

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A hard copy of the catalogue is available at the National Library of Wales.

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Printed items received with the manuscripts of William Owen are in NLW, printed collections and photographs are in NLW, special collections.

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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

March 2003.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW Project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: NLW Schedule William Owen, Prysgol; Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940 (London, 1959);

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  • Text: William Owen, Prysgol, Papers.