Christened 27 January 1711, son of Owen Humphreys of Ynyscynhaearn, Caernarfonshire, and Gwen (Roberts), Isallt Fawr, Llanfihangel-y-pennant, Caernarfonshire (See J. E. Griffith, Pedigrees, 353). He attained fame both as harpist and as the reputed composer of the airs called ' Dafydd y Garreg Wen ' ('David of the White Rock'), ' Codiad yr Ehedydd ' ('The rising of the lark'), and ' Difyrrwch gwyr Criccieth ' ('The delight of the men of Criccieth'). He died on 2 August 1741 and was buried in Ynyscynhaearn churchyard.
Published date: 1959
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