Rowland Huw Prichard

PRICHARD, Rowland Huw. b. Y Graienyn, Bala, Meirionnydd (Merioneth), 14 January 1811; d. Holywell, Flintshire, 25 January 1887 (‘Prichard was the usage in publications of his own time. ‘Pritchard’ has been used in the 20th century). Prichard worked at Bala as a weaver for most of his life, but moved in 1880 to Holywell in Flintshire to a post with the Welsh Flannel Manufacturing Company, where he remained. He was one of the minor figures working for the improvement of Welsh hymn singing in the middle of the 19th century. He is said to have written HYFRYDOL, his only well-known tune, when he was twenty. He published it in Cyfaill y Cantorion (‘The Singers’ Friend’) in 1844, a collection for...

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