OWEN, DAVID (‘Dafydd y Garreg Wen '; 1711/12 - 1741), harpist

Name: David Owen
Pseudonym: Dafydd y Garreg Wen
Date of birth: 1711/12
Date of death: 1741
Parent: Gwen Humphreys (née Roberts)
Parent: Owen Humphreys
Gender: Male
Occupation: harpist
Area of activity: Music; Performing Arts
Author: Robert David Griffith

christened 27 January 1711/12, 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 in August 1741 and was buried in Ynyscynhaearn churchyard.


Published date: 1959

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