Evan James (poet)

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"Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau", bi Madge Breese for the Gramophone Company (1899) – the first kent recordin made o ony sang in the Welsh leid[1]
Memorial tae Evan James an James James at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd

Evan James (kent bi the bardic name Ieuan ap Iago) (1809 - 30 September 1878), a weaver an poet frae Pontypridd, oreeginally frae Caerphilly, Wales, wrote the lyrics o Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau ("Laund o ma Faithers"), the naitional anthem o Wales.

James, a weaver bi trade, employed several fowk at his mill on the bank o the River Rhondda. Accordin tae faimily legend, his son James James, wis walkin ane day in Januar 1856 on the banks o the river when the melody for Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau came tae him. When he gave the tune tae his faither, Evan James wis able tae compone the wirds which are the present-day Welsh naitional anthem. It is likely that James senior wis inspired bi the fact that twa o his brithers haed emigratit tae the Unitit States an haed written in praise o their adoptive kintra an urgin him tae join thaim.

A memorial tae Evan James an his son, in the shape o twa figurs representin Poetry an Muisic, staunds in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd. Evan's face is shown alangside his son's, but appears younger acause the photographs available tae the sculptor, Goscombe John, wur taken mony years apairt.

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