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Gwaith 'Gwilym Cowlyd'

'Rhiangerdd "Anne Thomas o'r Creuddyn"', written by W. J. Roberts for competition at the Llanrwst eisteddfod, August 1878; 'englynion': 'Bore Niwlog - yr 16eg o Ebrill, 1896'; and 'englynion' addressed to Bethesda quarrymen.

Gwilym Cowlyd, 1828-1904

Ysgriflyfr Perys Mostyn

An incomplete transcript by W. J. Roberts (Gwilym Cowlyd) of a miscellany of prose and verse written by Perys ap Rychart ap Howell ap Ivan Vychan of Talacre in 1543 (Cwrt Mawr MS 2).

Gwilym Cowlyd, 1828-1904


Miscellaneous papers from the manuscripts of W. J. Roberts (Gwilym Cowlyd), including a bardic letter from a person accused of sleeping during divine service addressed to Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'); correspondence - from John Roberts (valuation of Tyddyn Willim, 1871), Evan Evans, Llanasa (old books), W. J. Roberts to Thomas Blackwall (water supply for Llanrwst); poetry and drafts by W. J. Roberts and others - 'Cerdd Folawd i John Blackwall', 'Desgrifgan o'r "Diwrnod Gosod" yn y Chwarelau', 'Colli Paradwys', 'Chwe Phenill i'r Athraw', 'Mae gwlad fy nghyndadau'n rhy fechan i'w phlant', etc.; a note by 'Brysiog Machno' on the death of Rees Hughes, Penmachno; 'englynion' - 'i'r Corn Bwyd', 'Anerchiad i arwest . . . 1880', 'ar gadeiriad Gwilym Cowlyd' ('Elfyn', 1880), 'Dull y Sarph o dwyllo', etc.; a note on the boundaries of 'Cadair Powys'; an address from the Llanrwst Good Templars to Griffith Owen; draft programmes for 'Arwest Farddawl Glan Geirionydd'; printed matter-programmes of a Llanrwst competitive meeting, 1859, Eglwysbach eisteddfod, 1862, Llanbedr competitive meeting, 1871, and of 'Arwest Farddonol Glan Geirionydd', 1885, pamphlets concerning a controversy over the formation of a School Board in Llanrwst, 1871, an invitation to the first 'Arwest Farddonol (Pic Nic)' on the shores of Llyn Geirionydd, 1863, a list of 'The Honourable Primary elders of the Institutional Order of Bards of Gair Ionydd, Wales, Appointed Efficients for Coronation' (?1902), a poem on the marriage of John Ernest Greaves, Ffestiniog, and Miss Rugby, 1875, and an 'In Memoriam' leaflet for the burial of Robert Williams ('Trebor Mai'), 1877.

Gwilym Cowlyd, 1828-1904

Railway acts,

A collection of annotated Acts of Parliament relating to the following railway projects - from the River Tees at Stockton to Witton Park Colliery, and several branches therefrom, 1821; to enable the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company to vary and alter the Line, 1823, to authorize the Company of Proprietors of the Stockton and Darlington Railway to relinquish one of their Branch Railways and make another, 1824; to enable the Company to make a branch to Linthorpe, 1828; a railway from the River Tees to Heighington, 1828; to enable the Clarence Railway Company to vary and alter the Line, 1829; to amend and extend the powers of the Clarence Railway Acts, 1832; to enable the Clarence Railway Company to make Branch Railways, 1833; to extend the Clarence Railway, 1833; a declaration of the motives of the promoters of the Clarence Railway Company, 1836; plans of the Stockton and Darlington, the Clarence and the proposed Durham South West Junction Railways, and of the Coal District in the county of Durham; with press cuttings and notes on Roman antiquities mainly in Caernarvonshire.

An address,

An address presented to Alderman W. P. Williams at the annual meeting of the Town Council of Caernarvon, 9 November 1898, by the mayor, aldermen and burgesses, on the occasion of his retirement from office.

A Llanberis commonplace book,

An album or commonplace book originally kept at the New Inn, Llanberis. It contains a short sketch of the history of Llanberis, a note on John Closs, who died of exposure on Snowdon in 1805, with lines composed on the occasion by P[eter] B[ailey] W[illiams]; a 'Sonnet to Snowdon' by Miss Locke; odes to Snowdon, 1819; a 'Sketch of Snowdon for the benefit of sojourners at Llanberis' by Colonel Bell; a note on Evan Evans ('Ieuan Brydydd Hir') with an elegy by R. Williams of Vron near Mold, 1790; a sonnet by Kirke White; particulars of ashes carted, 1823-1827; and notes of visitors to the Inn, 1819.

Peter Bailey Williams and others.


A notebook containing early nineteenth century sermons in English; and the manuscript of an article entitled 'Gwr o'r Goron; neu naturioldeb gyda chrefydd' by William Hobley.

William Hobley and others.


A pocket book containing notes taken of sermons preached by John Elias, James Hughes, John Lewis, William Williams, Richard Owen, and James Fletcher Whitridge.

Cyfansoddiadau eisteddfodol,

A collection of compositions submitted for competition at various eisteddfodau - 'Awdl: Pulpud Cymru' by 'Taliesin Pont-y-pridd', undated; 'Cywydd: Nodwydd Cleopatra' by 'Ysbryd Moses' (Eisteddfod Gadeiriol y Cymry, Llanrwst, 1878); 'Awdlau: Y Goleuni' by 'Adda Jones' and 'Llywelyn' ( Eisteddfod New York, 1884); 'Awdl: Mynydd y Ty' by 'Ysbryd Taliesin' ( Arwest Farddonol Glan Geirionydd, 1896); 'Llawlyfr Eisteddfodol' - a critical essay by 'Eisteddfodwr'.


A notebook used in 1844-1845 as a Sunday and Day School register, with a draft poem entitled 'Adgyfodiad y Meirw'; a notebook containing a draft dialogue by (?William Hobley); and a cyclostyled list of Welsh newspapers in the collection of C. Poma, Italian Consul at Cardiff, 1901.

?William Hobley and others.

Yspryt Gwidw a'r Saith Pechawd,

A transcript of the texts of 'Yspryt Gwidw', 'Y Saith Pechawd Marwawl', 'Saith Rinwedd yr Eglwys', and 'Saith Weithret y Drugaredd'; and a transcript, by W. J. Roberts ('Gwilym Cowlyd'), of the list of Welsh commotes written by Perys Mostyn in Cwrt Mawr MS 2.

Gwilym Cowlyd, 1828-1904

Y Llyfr Cyntaf o Lwyn y Gell,

Transcripts of Welsh poetry by Owen Williams, Waunfawr, 1859, including poems by Ieuan Tew Hynaf, Siôn Brwynog, Dafydd ab Ieuan ab Owain, Cadwaladr Cesail o'r Gesail Gyfarch, Dafydd Nanmor, Dafydd ab Edmwnd, William Llŷn, Rhys Cain, Simwnt Fychan, Iolo Goch, Robin Ddu, Ieuan Môn, Guto'r Glyn, Ieuan ap Madog ab Dafydd, Gruffydd Llwyd, Lewys Daron, Syr John [Siôn] Leiaf, Hugh Pennant, Rhys Nanmor, Siôn Dafydd Penllyn, Syr Dafydd Owain, Gruffydd ab Ieuan ab Llywelyn Fychan, Hywel Cilan, Siôn Tudur, Lewys Môn, Hywel Gethin, Ieuan ap Gruffudd Leiaf, Watcyn ap Rhisiart, Hywel ap Rheinallt, Mathew Bromfield, Watcyn Clywedog and Adda Fras; with a note of the sources of 'Llyfr Mr. Lloyd Ffestiniog' then (1859) in the possession of David Williams, solicitor, Bron Eryri.

Owain Gwyrfai.

Llythyrau Gwilym Cowlyd

Drafts and copies of letters, 1854-1910, by W. J. Roberts (Gwilym Cowlyd), relating mainly to his claims for the Gorsedd held on the banks of Llyn Geirionydd.

Gwilym Cowlyd, 1828-1904

Sermons by 'Ieuan Glan Geirionydd',

English sermons, 1861, by Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd') translated by his nephew, W. J. Roberts; a poem - 'Beth yw'n hoes, nid yw ond cysgod' - by and in the autograph of Evan Evans; an English poem - 'An address to Geirionydd' - by Mrs Jones, Hendre Rhys Gethin, Betws-y-Coed ('Eryres Eurblu Eryri'); 'Brut yr Arwest' - reports by W. J. Roberts on the bardic festivals held on the shores of Llyn Geirionydd, 1863, 1864, 1873, 1880, with press cuttings of reports for 1877, 1883, 1890; and a copy of the proclamation of the Glamorgan Eisteddfod and Gorsedd, 1833.

Ieuan Glan Geirionydd, Gwilym Cowlyd and others.


A small collection of vaticinatory prose and verse attributed to Gronw Ddu, Taliesin, Merddin Wyllt, Rhys Fardd, Iolo Goch, Davydd Llwyd, Robin Ddu, and Edward ap Rhys.

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