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date: 17 October 2019

Mills familylocked

  • Owain Edwards
  • , revised by Trevor Herbert


Welsh family of musicians, educators and pioneers in congregational singing.

( b Llanidloes, 1757; d Llanidloes, Aug 28, 1820). Minister . His singing impressed the celebrated preacher Thomas Charles of Bala during a Methodist revival in 1780 and made him responsible for improving congregational singing in the district, despite the opposition of some of the elders who objected to his youth and his ability to play several instruments.

( b Llanidloes, 1790; d Llanidloes, 1844). Conductor , son of (1) Henry Mills and his first wife. Continuing his father’s activities, he attracted as many as 70 students to his weekly classes in the rudiments of music – a surprisingly high figure for the size of the district. He composed several anthems and hymn tunes.

( b Llanidloes, March 1809; d Llanidloes, Dec 24, 1844). Composer and teacher , son of (1) Henry Mills and his second wife. He was 15 when his hymn tune ‘Maes-y-llan’ was published in ...

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