Sheet Music: Trefeglwys (1857), by John Ashton


Trefeglwys has a strong connection with music, one of which was through the composer, John Ashton. John wrote a number of hymn tunes published in Llyfr Tonau Cynulleidfaol , Caniadau y Cysegr a’r Teulu, Cerddor yr Ysgol Sabothol, and songs in Miwsig y Miloedd.

Here is some sheet music, which John Ashton wrote in 1857, titled ‘Trefeglwys’ and ‘Llanbrynmair’:

The parish raised a number of John Ashtons but this one was born in Oleuddu. By trade John was a shoemaker but through accident he changed his occupation and joined the police force. John emigrated to New Zealand in 1874 died on the 25 December 1896.

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2 responses to “Sheet Music: Trefeglwys (1857), by John Ashton”

  1. I am looking up family members. My great great great grandparents are Zacharias Davis and Elizabeth Edwards Davis. Their son John emigrated to the United States in 1852, and married my Great Great Grandmother Mary Yatkin Davis in 1865 in Genesee Valley, California. I have once visited Trefeglwys and was able to find the cemetery and some of the records of family burials, and am certainly hoping to visit again.

    I would love to find more of the family history and connections in Wales. As a geographer, I am fascinated with landscapes and places, as well as family stories and the actual places that they lived. If anybody has more information that they would be willing to share, I would surely appreciate it.

  2. My great grandmother was Jane Jones nee Ashton born in Llanidloes 1836-1903
    I wonder what her relationship to John Ashton was?

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