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Evan James Welsh Composer

Updated on September 7, 2011

Evan James - Welsh National Anthem

Evan James along with his son James James composed the Welsh National Anthem. This lens gives a brief outline of Evan James, his life, where he lived and other members of his family. Also check out some other great interesting information about Wales.

Three reasons to love Evan James

  • He gave a nation inspiration and passion, and something to cheer about especially on Rugby Union International days.

  • Owner of a Public House

  • Grew up and lived his life in the Welsh Valleys rejecting a life in the USA for what he believed to be his true home.
  • An extra one for me - he features in My Family Tree

Evan James in My Family Tree

Yes he was a part of my family.

From My family Tree :

Evan James

Born 1809

Died 1878

Evan James was born in 1809 at Caerphilly but moved when only four years old to live at the Ancient Druid Inn near Argoed in the parish of Bedwellty. A weaver by trade, he installed his own loom near the inn and spent the early years of his married life as both landlord and weaver. His son James, one of seven children, was also born there in 1832. Evan James and his family came to Pontypridd in 1847 to run a woollen factory on the banks of the river Rhondda. He remained there until his death in 1878.

Evan James spent many hours reading and writing simple poetry. It is said that even whilst working he always kept a slate beside him should he feel the need to write some thoughts. From an early age his son James showed a natural gift for music and became fond of the harp. So father and son would happily spend long evenings, the one composing verses and the other playing music.

Evan James and James James composed the Welsh National Anthem. James first composed the tune whilst walking along the river Rhondda and asked his father to write the words for it. The father and son named their song Glan Rhondda as it was composed on the banks of this river. Later it became the Welsh National Anthem and was called Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

On July 23rd 1930 a memorial to Evan James and James James was unveiled at Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd."

Where did Evan James live?

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James James

The son of Evan James and co-composer of the Welsh National Anthem

James James was the son of Evan James and also the Co-composer of the Welsh National Anthem.

You can read more about James James at my Website James James Page.

I also have a James James Squidoo Lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      But who were they married too? this is good!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hi, im doing a project on my wlad fy nhadau- I go to a welsh school :) and this place is really helpful and i know a lot of things now thanx :*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to David JAMES]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to David JAMES]

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I think I am the great great grandson of James father was Evan James,my grandfather was also James James,my Dad often told me as a kid,that his Dad would often go to

      Mountain Ash to visit his family there,as names have the habit of repeating themselves,and considering the small size of Mountain Ash,there must be a connection.I have tried to find details of the children of James James,but cannot,however possible dates do tally,if anyone has more information please contact me on email at