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Evan James and James James

Evan James, bardic name Ieuan ap Iago
1809 - 1878
weaver and poet (Wikipedia).

James James, bardic name Iago ap Ieuan
1833 - Aberdare 1902
harpist and musician (Wikipedia).
they wrote the tune and the lyrics of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau ("Land of my Fathers"), the national anthem of Wales

W. Goscombe John

Pontypridd /  Evan James and James James   Pontypridd /  Evan James and James James


Monument with two bronze figures in Celtic robes represeting Poetry (a female figure) and Music (a man holding a harp) on two connected pedestals. The stone connecting the two pedestals has a bronze double relief portrait of father and son. In front of the monument is the grave slab of Evan Thomas

Pontipridd / Evan James and James James Pontipridd / Evan James and James James Pontipridd / Evan James and James James


er cof am
evan james a james james
1809-1878      1832-1902
y tad a'r mab
o bontypridd
trwy berffaith uniad awen y naill
a pheroriaeth y llall rhoddasant
o dynerwch eu cariad at cymru
anthem y genedl-hen wlad fy nhadau
in memory of
evan james & james james
1809-1878      1832-1902
father and son
of pontypridd
who inspired by a deep and tender
love of their native land united
poetry to song and gave to wales
her national hymn hen wlad fy nhadau

cyfodwyd yn
erected in

Signed: (both statues) w. goscombe john, r.a.


Evan's face is shown alongside his son's, but appears younger because the photographs available to the sculptor were taken many years apart.

Pontipridd / Evan James and James James


Sources & Information


  • Country: Great Britain
  • Composer
  • James, Evan
  • James, James
  • John, W. Goscombe
  • Music (allegory)
  • Poetry (allegory)
  • Writer / poet
  • Locatie (N 51°36'9" - W 3°20'10") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: gbwa037; Photograph: 24 July 2012
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