if we could be quite certain that he was the man who under the pseudonym Owen Meirion wrote the article on the history of Bala, in Y Brython, 1860, 264-5, we could say that he was b. at Bala. He sang in fairs all over Wales — he is heard of, e.g. at Machynlleth, Holywell, Llanfyllin, Llanrwst, and the Caernarvonshire fairs, and he was very well known in South Wales. He always wore a top-hat. Some have it that he gave up ballad-singing and became a rag-collector; in any case, it is certain that his last years, despite the kindness of Nicholas Bennett, were years of adversity. He died a pauper at Llanbryn-mair, 24 June 1868, at the age of sixty-five, and was buried there by the parish — on his tomb is an englyn by Mynyddog. We have fifty-nine of his ballads.
Published date: 1959
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