James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Elizabeth's Eisteddfod prize

Elizabeth also continued to exercise her intellect. The Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald of 22 August 1874 reported on the last day of the Bangor Royal Eisteddfod:

The attendance at half past one o’clock numbered about 2500 – A prize of 2l [£2] and a silver medal for the best English essay on Rolling Stone Gathers no Moss, - ladies only to compete. Best, Mrs. Owen, Glanogwen, Bethesda, whose husband was invested by the adjudicator.
This was Elizabeth Owen but it was Elijah who travelled the five miles to Bangor to receive the award on her behalf. Timothy Morgan-Owen has a copy of the essay which was subsequently printed by Nixon & Jarvis, Bangor.

The reports of other competitions made interesting reading. It is clear that the Eisteddfod Committee determined the topics and some were so obscure they failed to attract a large entry – For the best statuetted in plaster of caraducu in chains before Claudius, four competed! Others attracted entries of insufficient merit for a prize to be awarded and The award for drawing of a workman’s dwelling was postponed, the originality of the best being doubtful. - such goings on! More interestingly, the Eisteddfod closed with the playing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau; it was only after its performance at this 1874 National Eisteddfod that the rousing Hen Wlad fy Nhadau (Land of My Fathers)* became generally adopted as the National Anthem of Wales.

[* Note that this recording is sung by Cor Rehoboth Welsh Choir of the Rehoboth Welsh Church in Delta PA, USA and the accompanying photographs were owned by one of the many Welsh families that settled in that part of the world in the 1800s. Elijah's neice, Isabella Ellen Roberts, travelled to that region where she married a slate quarry proprietor.]