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THE MILLS FAMILY OF LLANIDLOES: AN EXTRAORDINARY MUSICAL LEGACY

The article presents a family history of the Mills family of Llanidloes in mid-Wales during the nineteenth century. Born into a class of artisans, skilled workers, and later ministers, the family were distinguished by their musical talents which saw them become leading figures in the religious and social life of their community and beyond. Famous mainly as hymn-writers, their work continues to be performed today, especially that of Richard Mills (d. 1844) whose hymn collection, Caniadau Seion, ‘Songs of Zion’, made a lasting contribution to congregational singing in Wales and America.

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