EDWARDS, WILLIAM (1773 - 1853), hymnwriter

Name: William Edwards
Date of birth: 1773
Date of death: 1853
Gender: Male
Occupation: hymnwriter
Area of activity: Music; Poetry; Religion
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

A nephew and bardic disciple of Robert Williams (1744 - 1815). Little is known of his life, except that he was a weaver, married a daughter of John Evans of Bala (1723 - 1817), and was living with his father-in-law at the time of the latter's death. He was not a preacher, but became in later life an elder in the Calvinistic Methodist church at Bala. He was a warm supporter of Sunday schools, and assisted Thomas Charles in setting up these schools around the town.

His claim to remembrance is a small book which he published at Bala in 1818, Ychydig Hymnau ar Destunau Athrawiaethol a Phrofiadol - two or three of our best-known hymns are his work. The exact days of his birth and death are not known.


Published date: 1959

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