Born at Ysgubor-gerrig, Trefriw, Caernarfonshire. The following is the record of his christening at Trefriw : ' James Bilsland Hughes, Son of Robert and Ann Hughes, February 23, 1831.' He showed a talent for music when quite young and learned to play the flute, violin, and harp, both the triple harp and the pedal harp. He constructed a harp for himself and played on it at an eisteddfod held at Llanrwst in 1874. He taught quite a number of harpists, many of whom became quite well-known. He lived at various houses at Bethesda, Llanrwst, Conway, and Manchester. He died 1878 at Manchester and was buried in Trefriw churchyard.
Published date: 1959
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