Born, according to the family gravestone at Carmarthen on 15 July 1811, the son of Griffith and Mary Harris. He had a clothier's shop at Carmarthen. He was precentor at Water Street Calvinistic Methodist chapel; he also conducted a town choir. In 1849 he published a collection of 260 hymn-tunes under the title of Haleluwia, this being followed in 1855 by Haleliwia Drachefn, containing 200 hymn-tunes; the two collections are important as they include the early hymn-tunes which were sung during the religious revivals of the 18th cent. He died 1 Nov. 1892 and was buried in the Heol-y-dŵr (Water Street) chapel graveyard, Carmarthen.
Published date: 1959
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