Large shaped piece of stone with plaque attached to front. Stone is set on slightly raised circular paved platform.
Erected by Cynon Valley Borough Council in conjunction with Cynon Valley History Society at the same time as James' headstone was renovated in Aberdare Cemetery. The stone was donated by ARC, a local quarry.
Evans James wrote the first verse of 'Land of my Fathers' at his home and woollen mill in Mill Street, Pontypridd. His son, an accomplished harpist, had previously composed the tune during a Sunday afternoon walk in 1856.
Incised on slate plaque fixed to front of stone and painted gold. English and Welsh inscriptions side by side:
IN MEMORY OF JAMES JAMES, / 'IAGO AP IEUAN', HARPIST, / AND COMPOSER OF THE / NATIONAL ANTHEM OF WALES, / WHO LIVED IN THE / CYNON VALLEY FROM 1873 / UNTIL HIS DEATH IN 1902. / HIS REMAINS ARE BURIED / IN ABERDARE CEMETERY.
ER COF AM JAMES JAMES, / 'IAGO AP IEUAN', TELYNOR, / A CHYFANSODDWR ANTHEM / GENEDLAETHOL CYMRU, / A FU'N BYW YNG / NGHWM CYNON O 1873 / HYD EI FARWOLAETH YN 1902. / MAE EI WEDDILLION WEDI EU / CLADDU YM MYNWENT ABERDAR. / MAE HEN WLAD FY NHADAU YN ANNWYL I MI
Related works : A memorial to Evans and James James by W. Goscombe John can be found in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd, See RCT010.
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