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MSS. collections relative to Wales, II

  • NLW MS 13215E.
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  • [late 16 cent.]-[late 17 cent.]

A composite manuscript volume lettered on the spine 'MSS. Collections Relative to Wales, II', being a companion volume to, and a continuation of, NLW MS 6209E, which is also a composite manuscript (sections numbered I-XIII) bound in a similar manner and lettered on the spine 'MSS. Collections Relative to Wales, I'. It appears that the two volumes originally formed one folio manuscript belonging to Edward Lhuyd made up of transcripts by his assistants, contributions by Henry Rowlands and Hugh Thomas, and fragments of earlier manuscripts (see pp. 14-15 of NLW MS 13918F, 'Catalogue of Welsh M.S.S. in Beechwood Library by the Reverend Mr John Jones [?1746-1827] M.A. Fellow of Jesus College Oxon, 1781', i.e. part of the Sebright collection. The contents include: pp. 1-38 (XIV), a copy of [George Owen's] 'Treatise of Lordshipps Marchers in Wales . . .' from a 'MS. Borrowed of Mr. Will. Jones, Rector of Lhangower. . .'; 39-100 + 207-08 (misplaced) (XV-XVI), transcripts of Welsh poems attributed to William Phylip, Ievan Ddu'r Bilwg, H'l ap D'dh ap Ievan ap Rhys, Howel Davi, Bedo Brwynllys, Gytto'r Glyn, Ievan Deulwyn, Rhys Lhwyd ap Rys ap Rhiccard, Lewis Glynn Kothi, Gwilym ab Ievan Hen, Davydd ap Howel, D'd Lhwyd ap Lle'n ap Gr., Ieuan ap Ho'll Swrdwal, Davydd Epynt, Lewys Môn, Edward Urien, Gyttyn Owain, Ierwerth Beli, Bleddyn Vardd, Llygat Gwr, Meilir Brydydd, Llywelyn ap Ho'll, Prydydd y Moch, Gwalchmai, Symwnt Vychan, Iolo Goch, Syppyn Kyfeiliog, Tudur Aled, Deio ab Ivan Ddu, Rhys Goch o'r Yri, Llywelyn Moel o'r Pantri, Ivan Tudyr Penllyn, Ievan Brydydd Hir and Tudyr Penllyn, and of prose items with the superscriptions 'Llythyr i ofyn Rhwyd berked', ['Y Tri Thlws ar Ddeg'], 'Dewis Bethau Howel Lygad Gwr', 'Y Pedwar Marchog ar Hugain oedd yn Llys Arthur', 'Ymadrodd yr Henwr', 'Breuddwyd Ivan ab Adda ab Davydd . . .', 'Breuddwyd Ierwerth ab Adda ab D'd', and 'Llythyr i ofyn palffon', partly from manuscripts in the possession of John Lloyd of Aber Llyveni; 101-40 (XVII), transcripts of Welsh prose and verse items, mainly vaticinatory, attributed to Taliessin, Robin Ddy, Gryffydh ap Ieuan, Rhys Nanmor, Merdhyn, Adha Vras, Hinin Vardh, Ie'nn Drwch y Daran, D'd Nanmor, and Davydh Lhwyd; 141-206 (XVIII), transcripts of Welsh verse and prose items, again mainly vaticinatory, attributed to Taliesin, Merdhyn Wylht, Iolo Goch, Davydh Llwyd, Merdhyn Emrys, Adha Vras, Ievan Trwch y Daran, Davydh Nanmor, Ie'nn Hir, Lh. ap Owen, Meredydh ap Rhys, Rhys Goch o'r Yri, Lewys Glynn Kothi, Raph ap Robert, and Bardh Bergam; 213-35 (XIX), genealogical and historical material including genealogies of Welsh saints , '. . . hiachau [sic] pump brenhin llwyth Kymru', '. . . Iachau [sic] pymthek llwyth Gwynedd', a list of the daughters of Ronow Llwyd ap y Penwyn', etc.; 239-54 (XX), a copy, 'transcrib'd from ye original at Owlberry near Bishops Castle, Anno 1698', of an inspeximus and confirmation, 4 March [?1508], of charters granted to the abbey of Strata Florida (see S. W. Williams: The Cistercian Abbey of Strata Florida (London, 1889), Appendix, pp. lxxiv-lxxv, and Calendar of Patent Rolls, Henry VII, vol. II, p. 567); 257-66 (XXI), transcripts of Welsh poems attributed to Prydydd y Moch, Gr. Lloyd ap D'd ap Einion, D'd Nanmor, D'd ap Gwilym, Guto'r Glynn, Kynddelw, Ievan Du y Bilwc, Bleddyn Vardd, Rys Goch or Eryri, Daniel ap Llosgwrn Mew, and Gwalchmai, from '. . . Cod. MS. Mod. in Chart. penes Dominum Rob't Pugh de Kevn y Garlheg in paroch. Lhan St. ffraid apud Denbigh'; 267-70 (XXII), 'Addenda Grammaticae D.J.J. ex Libro MS. D. R. V. penes D. R. P.'; 271-9 (XXIII), transcripts 'Ex Cod. Chart. penes D. Joan Lloyd de Aber Lhyveni' of Welsh poems attributed to Lewys Glynn Kothi, Gwilim ap Ie'nn Hen, Ievan ap Tydyr Penlhyn, Lhewelyn Goch ap Meirig Hen, and Tydyr Aled; 283-305 (XXIV), transcripts of (a) 'Ystori Gryffydd ap Cynan Brenin Gwynedd' from 'Cod. M.to Chart. pe[nes] Dom. R. Davies de Lhan[erch] convenit cum cod. antiquo me . . . penes D. Jo. Wyn . . ., Watstay', (b) 'Interdictio Papae adversus Lewelinum . . . fillium Ierwerth . . .', and (c) 'Literae Lewelini Principis Walliae ad Clerum Angliae apud London Convocatum', 1275; 307-11 (XXV), transcripts of 'cywyddau ymryson' exchanged between Owen Gwynedd and William Llyn; (continued)

315-400 ( XXVI), a copy of a Welsh-Latin vocabulary entitled 'Geiria Tavod Comroig. Hoc est Vocabularium Linguae Gomeritanae . . .' compiled by Henry Salesbury, with a list of the authors on whose works the vocabulary was based, and a list of 'Geiriau o Hen Gymraeg a'i Deongliad', etc., by the same author; 403-04 (XXVII), an incomplete copy of 'Braint ac Ystatus Griff. ap Kynan a Bleddyn ap Kynvyn'; 405-06 (XXVIII), a version of the prologue to, and a list of the court officials listed in, a Latin text of the Laws of Howel Dda; 409-65 (XXIX-XXX), a transcript of sections of the 'Red Book of St. Asaph' (see also Peniarth MS 231, NLW MS 7011D, MS SA/MB/2); 469-86 (XXXI), a copy of the 'Statutes of the Cathedrall Church of . . . Chester set forth by . . . Henrie the 8'; 489-505 (XXXII), extracts [from a version of Nennius' 'Historia Britonum']; 509-38 (XXXIII), seventeen chapters (Welsh) of pseudo-history and description of the Isle of Britain, supplementary notes on place-names, the wonders of Scotland and Ireland, and the conversion of the nations of Britain to Christianity, and a list of 'yr naw helwrieth'; 539-40 (XXXIV), lists of, and notes on, Welsh musical measures; 541-55 (XXXV-XXXVI), a list of Welsh triads ('Llyma drioedh mab y krinwas'), accounts of 'redditus assisus' of the vills of Colshull, Eulowe, Baghegr, and Rothelan, a list of the 'Consuetudines Molend' de Dee' from 'an old book of Ed'd Whitby, recorder of Chester', a list of those who rendered 'Homage and Fealty . . . to ye Prince of Wales', 29 Edward I, etc.; 557-63 (XXXVII), two lists headed 'A table for ye rest of ye contents of this book' and 'A table belonging to Coch Assaph' (for the contents of sections XXXI-XXXVII cf. the relevant parts of NLW MS 7011D); 569-95 (XXXVIII), replies [by Henry Rowlands to Edward Lhuyd's] parochial questionnaire in respect of the parishes of Llanidan, Llanedwen, Llanddeniel, Llanvair pull gwingill, and Llandysilio, co. Anglesey, partly in Rowlands's own hand; 597-9 (XXXIX), an account of 'A strange showre of Haile fallen in Anglesey and Carnarvonshire' in 1697; 601-05 (XL), extracts (Latin) with the superscription 'De Belli Marisci Origine . . .'; 607-09 (XXXVIII misplaced), notes on the words 'bod', 'caer', 'tref', etc. (pp. 597-609 probably in the hand of Henry Rowlands); 611-22 (XLI), 'A scheme of the wind and weather att Llanberis', 1 March [16]9[6] to 28 February [1697]; 623-52 (XLII), pedigrees of families in cos. Denbigh and Flint in the hand of Lewis Dwnn (described by J. Gwenogvryn Evans as a detached portion of Peniarth MS 268; see J. Gwenogvryn Evans MS 70A in the National Library of Wales, also Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, vol. I, p. 1090); and 653-97 (XLIII), a copy, partly holograph, of an essay on 'The Parish of St. John Evangelist and Burrough of Brecknock' by Hugh Thomas (cf. NLW MS 777B). Holograph notes by Evan Evans ('Ieuan Fardd') on NLW MS 6209E and this volume, compositely described as MS I in the 'Seabright Collection, being Edward Lhuyd's MSS', appear in Panton MS 7 (NLW MS 1976) (see Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, vol. II, p. 807 and a calendar description by J. Gwenogvryn Evans of this volume alone, described as the 'Nanhoron MS', is included in J. Gwenogvryn Evans MS 70A.

Poetry, prophecies, &c.

A manuscript containing cywyddau brud and other poetry (pp. 7-8, 13-78, 87-94, 101-111, 115-130, 135-136, 154-298), the poets cited including Taliesin, Dafydd Nanmor, Dafydd ab Edmwnd and Siôn Tudur; prophecies of Merlin (pp. 79-86, 112-114, 131-134, 137-140); two imperfect documents of the Bishops of St Asaph and Gloucester, dated 1627 and 1596 (pp. 9, 11); 'Swynion a Meddeginiaetheu'; &c.

Barddoniaeth,

An imperfect manuscript consisting of thirty folios of uniform size and two smaller leaves, with the two halves of ? the lower cover of an early nineteenth century periodical or part publication, which at one time seems to have served as a protective covering, bound in at the beginning. A considerable part of the original manuscript appears to have been lost as the volume was described by the Reverend John Williams ('Ab Ithel'), circa 1856, as containing 'about 100 pages' (see L. James: Hopkiniaid Morganwg . . . (Bangor, 1909), p. 91). The former protective cover bears the inscription 'Llyfr Llanfihangel Iorwerth. Cywyddau amrafaelion. Siôn Cent hyd Dafydd Hopcin o'r Coetty. Englynion Eiry Mynydd, &c.', in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'), and the contents consist of transcripts of Welsh verse mainly in strict metre. Dafydd Hopkin of Coety, co. Glamorgan is sometimes named as the copyist (see L. James: op. cit., p. 91; TLLM, tt. 229, 267; and IMCY, t. 139). The poems include 'cywyddau' and 'englynion' by Thomas Prys, Ieuan Tew Brydydd, Dafydd Hopkin (1734), Ieuan Brechfa, Lewis Morganwg, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Rys Dynfwal (sic), Rhys ab Morys, ?Mredydd ap Rees, Swrdwal Hen, Huw Dafydd Probert, Siôn Tudur, Owain Gwynedd, Gwilim ap Ieuan Hen, Dafydd ap Edmwnt, Daio Lliwiell, Ieuan Tew Brydydd Ifangc, Huw Lewis, Gruffydd ab Ifan ab Llewelyn Fychan, Wiliam Cynwal, Morus ab Hywel ab Tudur, Siôn Cent, Hywel ab D'd ab Ieuan ab Rhys, Llywelyn Goch, Gruffydd Dafydd Fychan, Ieuan ab Hywel Swrdwal, Bleddyn Fardd, and Dafydd Llwyd Fach, a series of pseudo- gnomic poems with each stanza commencing with the words 'Eira mynydd' some of which are attributed to Llywarch Hen and Mabclaf ab Llywarch, and poems attributed to Taliesin and Aneurin. There are marginal notes by Edward Williams and his son Taliesin Williams.

Hopkin, Dafydd, fl. early 18 cent.

Llywarch Hên; Cynddelw; vocabularies

A manuscript in the hand of Ieuan Fardd containing translations of the songs of Llywarch Hên, with accompanying notes (pp. 5-19); notes on Welsh and Shropshire place-names, some taken from the work of Robert Vaughan, Hengwrt (pp. 19-36); 'Extracts apparently from the English Chronicle' (pp. 37-44); parallel quotations from Llywarch Hen and Shakespeare (pp. 45-46); a translation of Cynddelw's 'Song of Eva daughter of Madawc the son of Maredudd' (pp. 55-56); an index to the Red Book of Hergest (pp. 57-74); a Welsh-English vocabulary, dating from 1542 (pp. 75-128); and a list of Welsh words compared with allied forms in Latin, Gothic, etc. (pp. 129-133).

Y Gododin; Caneuon Taliessin, &c.

A volume in the hand of Ieuan Fardd containing 'the original text and a modernised version with a metrical rearrangement of the lines' of y Gododdin (pp. 1-89); together with the Songs of Taliesin (pp. 91-101); and a translation into Welsh by Ieuan Fardd of [Florentius] Volusenus's 'De Animo Tranquillitate' (pp. 103-112).

Aneirin

The Book of Aneirin; Triads; &c.

A manuscript containing a copy of the Book of Aneirin (pp. 1-81); a copy of the version of the Triads in the Red Book of Hergest (pp. 83-106, 113-114); a copy of a charter giving Cyfeiliog to Strata Marcella (pp. 115-117) (see Llanstephan MS 156, p. 180); notes on the three divisions of the Druids (pp. 126-130); and various notes and extracts.

Eulogium Britanniæ

A manuscript in the autograph of Evan Evans (Ieuan Fardd) containing a copy of Nennius's 'Eulogium Britanniæ' (ff. 1-57); notes relating to Nennius copied from a manuscript in the hand of Robert Vaughan, Hengwrt (ff. 67-88); triads copied from a manuscript in the hand of Robert Vaughan, Hengwrt, by Lewis Morris in 1738, with marginal and intertextual notes (ff. 89-112), and from the Red Book of Hergest (ff. 137-152); 'Araith Iolo Goch' (ff. 114-116); poetry, the poets cited including Aneirin, Iolo Goch and Mabclaf ap Llywarch (ff. 119-157b); etc. On f. 189 is a table of contents in a later hand. On f. iv the title page reads 'Y Cynfeirdd Cymreig, Vol. II'.
This manuscript is the source of the text of Series I of the Triads in the Myvyrian Archaiology Vol. ii, pp. 1-22. The englynion at ff. 119-122b are practically the same as those in Myvyrian Archaiology, pp. 543-547, col. i, but that the arrangement is different. The text at f. 132 was copied in September 1758 from an autograph manuscript of Edward Lhuyd. The text at f. 154 verso was transcribed from Llyfr Coch Nannau (see Mostyn MS 144) 'and collated it with my brother Lewis Morris MSS'.

The Gododdin, &c.

Two volumes of transcripts, [1758], compiled Evan Evans (Ieuan Fardd), subsequently bound as one volume. Part I (foliated 1-153) contains 'The Gododin an Heroic poem of the sixth Century transcribed from a Copy of Thomas Wiliams of Trefriw M.D., and the Works of Taliessin from Dr Davies of Mallwyd's hand, and other particulars wrote by the Revd Mr. Evan Evans' (f. 1) and includes transcripts of Llyfr Aneirin (ff. 5 verso-36), Llyfr Taliesin (ff. 37-126) and other manuscripts.
Part II (foliated 1-73) contains further poetry, by poets including Llywarch Hen, Iolo Goch, Dafydd ab Edmwnd and Gutun Owain (ff. 1-28, 34 verso-47); notes on Welsh orthography (following the cywydd beginning at f. 19); a list of poets from a manuscript of Dr John Davies (f. 39 verso); a copy of Sir Thomas Wiliems's Preface to his Latin-Welsh Dictionary (ff. 48-64); a letter, dated 26 January 1757, from Lewis Morris to 'Mr. Vaughan of Corsygedol' (ff. 65-69); a letter, dated 14 June 1755, from Richard Morris to the same Mr Vaughan, enclosing a copy of the Transactions of the Society of Cymmrodorion and referring to Lewis Morris and to Goronwy Owen (ff. 70-71); and a table of contents for Part I only, [?in the hand of Owain Myfyr] (f. 72).

Englynion y Beddau; Hanes Taliesin; &c.

A composite volume, mainly in the autograph of Evan Evans (Ieuan Fardd), copied from manuscripts of Lewis Morris and others 'ynghylch y flwyddyn 1765' (p. i), including 'Englynion y Beddau' (pp. 1-15) and 'Englynion y Clywed' (pp. 15-28); 'Gildas Nennius' (pp. 49-60). The second part (ff. 1-35) contains 'Hanes Taliessin' (pp. 61-69); genealogies taken from a manuscript of Robert Vaughan, Hengwrt (pp. 80-89); extracts from Dares Phrygius, Brut y Brenhinedd and Brut y Tywysogion (pp. 97-101); Bonedd y Saint (pp. 109-115); 'Hanes yr ymrysson rhwng Edmund Prys a W. Cynwal' (pp. 117-123); notes and extracts; etc.
A letter, 7 December 1758, from Lewis Morris, Penbryn, to Evan Evans, Llanllechid, is tipped into the volume (pp. 135-138).

Miscellanea

A composite volume, 1760-[c. 1764], containing miscellanea mostly in the hand of Evan Evans (Ieuan Fardd), including [?a copy of] a letter from Evan Evans, [1761x1766], written at the request of Robert Wynn of Garthewin, Llanfair Talhaiarn, giving a brief survey of Welsh poetry (ff. 3-4); extracts from Lewis Morris's notes on the battle of Argoed Llwyfein (ff. 5-6); 'Canu Urien', with a translation (ff. 7-12); a letter, 26 July 1760, from Will[ia]m Lloyd, Bangor, to [Evan] Evans, at Trefriw, containing a Latin poem (ff. 13-16); Welsh and English poetry, including one work by Evan Evans (ff. 50-78); and an account of a manuscript at Hengwrt (ff. 79-80).

Barddoniaeth; doethineb Catwg Ddoeth,

A composite volume containing transcripts of prose and verse items in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'). Pp. 1-80 contain transcripts of Welsh poems, almost entirely 'englynion', by, or attributed to, Llywelyn ab Rhosser 'o Sainffag[an]', Dafydd Llwyd Mathew, Dafydd ap Siencyn Fynglwyd, Richd. Watcins, vicar Llanellen, Thomas Llywelyn 'o Regoes', Llywelyn Thomas, Edwd. Dafydd 'o Fargam', Siôn y Cent, Siôn Morys 'o Lanfabon', Thomas Lewys 'o Lechau', Rhys Brychan, Hywel Bwr Bach, Huw Cae Llwyd, Dafydd Benwyn, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Morys Cyffin, Hopcin Thomas 'o Faglan', Rhaff ab Rhobert, Siôn Tudur, Gwerfyl Mechain, Rhobert Cludro, Tudur Aled, Dafydd ap Edmwnd, Hywel ap Syr Matthew, Bleddyn Siôn 'o Lancarfan', Hywel Llwyd, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Siôn Philip 'o Hendrewaelod', Lewys Morys, Dafydd, abad Margam, Dafydd Dafies 'o Gastell Hywel', Iolo Morganwg, Huw Llwyd Cynfel, Siôn Cydewain, Llawdden, Syr Lewys Mochnant, Lewis Môn, Roger Cyffln, Syr Ifan o Garno, Wiliam Byrchinsha, Ednyfed Fychan, Cwnin Brydydd, Twm Siôn Catti, Lewys Morganwg, Rhys Brydydd, ? Lewys Glyn Cothi, Dafydd Nanmor, Jenkin Richards 'o Flaenau Gwent', Ieuan Gethin ab Ieuan ab Lleision, Siôn Brwynog, William Cynwal, Richard Huws, Dr. Morgan, esgob Llanelwy, Lewys Powel, William Middelton, Hopcin Tomas ab Einiawn, Elis Drwynhir, Harri ap Thomas ap Wiliam 'o'r Ddiserth', Grufydd Hiraethog, Morys Dwyfech, Owain Gronw, Hywel ap Rhys, Syr Lewys Gethin, Richard Cynwal, Roger y Gwydd, Edmwnd Prys, Dr. R. Davies, esgob Ty Ddewi, Rhys Cain, Huw Roberts Llun, Rhisiart Iorwerth 'o Langynwyd', ? Huw Ednyfed, Einion ap Dafydd Llwyd, Rhydderch Roberts, Syr Lewys y defaid, Syr Lewys Anwyl, Robert ab Han, Syr Ieuan Brydydd, Syr Owain ap Gwilym, Catherin ferch Howel, Wiliam Llyn, Owain Gwynedd, Dafydd Alaw, Evan Llwyd Sieffre, Morgan ap Huw Lewys, Robert Dafydd Llwyd, Wiliam ap Hywel ap Tomas, Morys Parri Llen, Ifan Siôn 'o Wedir', and Sils ap Siôn, and other unattributed poems. The inscriptions on p. 81 and p. 83 and the note on p. 82 appear to indicate that they were intended as cover and 'title-page' respectively for a home-made booklet containing a corpus of 'englynion' by Jenkin Richards of Blaenau Gwent, co. Monmouth, extracted mainly 'o Lyfrau Harri Siôn o Bont y Pwl a Llyfr ym Meddiant Rhys Thomas, Argraffydd o'r Bont Faen ym Morganwg', but only four 'englynion', presumably meant to be attributed to this poet, follow on p. 84. Pp. 91-198 contain miscellaneous items including 91-2, notes headed 'On the oldest places of Christian Worship in Wales'; (continued)

93-7, 105-06, notes, generally derogatory, on the character and literary and metallurgical activities of Lewis Morris; 100- 04, notes on 'Welsh Ideas of Celibacy'; 122-8, a transcript of thirty 'englynion' entitled 'Ymatreg Llywelyn a Gwrnerth' attributed to Tysiliaw fab Brochwel Ysgithrawc; 130, a note relating to an 'eisteddfod' held at Y Pil (Pyle, co. Glamorgan), 1740; 131- 41, notes relating to 'singing to the harp', the 'bardd telyn', carol and 'alsain' verse, the adapting of verse to music, etc.; 147-62, transcripts of 'englynion' attributed to Rhobert, Tywysog Norddmanty, Morys Kyffin, Wm. Byrchinsha, and Gutto'r Glyn, extracts from the works of various Welsh poets, etc.; 167, a version of William Midleton's introductory epistle [to his Bardhoniaeth neu brydydhiaeth, y llyfr kyntaf (Llundain, 1593)] copied 'Ex Vol. 40. Mr. Panton' [i.e. Panton MS.40 now NLW MS 2008]; 168-9, five stanzas of a hymn tune attributed to Elis Wynn; 169, a transcript of two 'englynion' attributed to Dr. [John] Davies; 171, a list of the commotes and hundreds of Glamorgan copied from '68. P.P.' [i.e. Panton MS 68 now NLW MS 2034]; 175-88, an alphabetical list of Welsh bards 'o Lyfr D'dd Ddu o'r Eryri'; and 188-98, miscellanea including transcripts of 'englynion' attributed to Siôn Mawddwy, Ieuan Tew, William Philip, and D[afydd] ab Gwilym, miscellaneous triads, genealogical data relating to various Welsh bards and Syr Rhys ap Thomas, etc. Pp. 207-390 (previously paginated 1-184) contain a collection of maxims, proverbs, triads, sayings, etc., attributed to Cattwg Ddoeth and described on a 'title-page' to the section ( p. 199) as 'Llyma Ddoethineb Cattwg Ddoeth o Lancarvan' and in a concluding note (p. 390) as 'Llyfr y cyntaf y Gwyddfardd Cyfarwydd'. In a note on the aforementioned 'title-page' (p. 199) Edward Williams claims to have transcribed this collection in 1799 from a manuscript in the possession of Siams Thomas of Maerdy Newydd, co. Glamorgan. Preceding and following the actual text of the collection are transcripts of a prefatory letter dated 1685 (pp. 201-06) and of the concluding note already referred to (p. 390) both of which are attributed to the Glamorgan scribe and copyist Thomas ab Iefan of Tre Bryn as compiler of the manuscript from which Edward Williams was allegedly copying (see TLLM, t. 172; IM, tt. 291-4). Pp. 391-477 contain a transcript of a collection, in alphabetical order, of over three thousand Welsh proverbs attributed to Cattwg Ddoeth ('Llyma Ddiarhebion Cattwg Ddoeth . . . sef yw hwnn Ail Lyfr y Gwyddfardd Cyvarwydd'). This collection, according to the aforementioned note at the end of the preceding section (p. 390) attributed to Thomas ab Iefan, had been compiled by the said Thomas from various sources and formed a continuation of the previous section. Edward Williams's claim with regard to the Siams Thomas volume is probably intended to apply to the contents of pp. 391-477 as well. The contents of pp. 199-390 have been published in The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales . . ., vol. III (London, 1807), pp. 1-99.

'Iolo Morganwg'.

Brut Ieuan Brechfa; Brut Aberpergwm; triads, etc.

A composite volume containing miscellaneous historical and literary material in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'). Pp. 24-36 contain a transcript of a version of the medieval Welsh Chronicle of the Princes associated with the name of the fifteenth century poet and genealogist Ieuan Brechfa with the title or superscription 'Brut y Tywysogion . . . a dynnwyd o Lyfrau Caradawc Llancarfan ac eraill o hen Lyfrau Cyfarwyddyd a ysgrifenodd Ieuan Brechfa'. The transcript was allegedly made by Edward Williams from a volume in the possession of Rhys Thomas, printer, of Cowbridge, and the text was published in The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales, vol. II, 1801, pp. 470-565 (bottom section of pages). Pp. 37-135 contain one of the two known reputed transcripts by Edward Williams of the allegedly variant version of the aforesaid Welsh Chronicle of the Princes known as 'Brut Aberpergwm' or the 'Gwentian Brut'. The title or superscription reads 'Llyma Vrut y Tywysogion val y bu Ryfeloedd a Gweithredoedd enseiliaid a Dialeddau a Rhyfeddodau gwedi eu tynnu o'r hen gofion cadwedig a'u blynyddu'n drefnedig gan Garadawc Llancarfan', and the text was reputedly transcribed by [Edward Williams] 'Iorwerth Gwilym' in 1790 from one of the manuscripts of the Reverend Thomas Richards, curate of Llangrallo [co. Glamorgan], who, in turn, had reputedly copied the work in 1764 from a manuscript in the possession of George Wiliams of Aber Pergwm [co. Glamorgan] (see p. 135). For the other reputed transcript of this text allegedly from the same source see NLW MS 13113B (Llanover C. 26) above. Other items in the volume include pp. 13-18, variant versions of parts of the introductory section to Lewis Dwnn's Visitations (see S. R. Meyrick (ed.): Heraldic Visitations of Wales . . . by Lewys Dwnn (Llandovery, 1846), pp. 7 and 9); 18-20, a list of eleven Welsh writers who had recorded the genealogies and deeds of the Welsh ('sgrifennyddion a gadwasant gof am achau a gweithredoedd y Cymry') allegedly copied from a book in the possession of Ben Simon 'y Bardd o Borth Myrddin'; 20-24, a further list of twenty Welsh poets or writers who had written about Wales and the island of Britain ('Enwau'r Prydyddion Awdurdodol . . . a ysgrifenasant am Wlad Gymru ac am Ynys Prydain') (see IM, t. 308); 136-7, a note by [Edward Williams] 'Iolo Morganwg' in 1801 on the attribution of works to ancient writers and poets such as Caradawc o Lancarfan, Taliesin, etc.; 138-57, another account of the quarrels between Iestin fab Gwrgan, lord of Glamorgan, and Rhys fab Tudur, prince of South Wales, and between the said Iestin and Einion ab Collwyn, the invitation to Sir Rhobert fab Hamon and the Norman knights to intervene, the consequent conquest of Glamorgan by the Normans, and the division of the country between Sir Rhobert and his twelve knights, with brief notes on the subsequent holders of the thirteen original divisions ('Hanes y Tri Marchog ar Ddeg a ddaethant i Forganwg yn Amser Iestin ab Gwrgan', allegedly transcribed from a volume in the possession of the Reverend Thos. Basset of Lann y Lai, co. Glamorgan); 158- 61, notes on variations in a second version of the account of the conquest of Glamorgan (pp. 138-57) to be found in the aforesaid Mr. Bassett's volume; 163-4, a list of Glamorgan bards with the places where they lived; 179 + 182, a brief chronicle of historical and pseudo-historical events in British history, 2nd - 5th century A.D.; 183, notes on an 'eisteddfod' held at Carmarthen in the time of Rhys ab Tewdur; 191-4, notes on Sir Robert Fitzhamon and his twelve knights and 'chronological notes from the Encyclopaedia Britanica'; 195-223, transcripts of three series of triads with the superscriptions 'Trioedd Ynys Prydain o'r Delyn Ledr ymha Lyfr yr oeddent wedi eu hysgrifennu o Lyfr Mr. Robert Vaughan o Hengwrt' (91), 'Trioedd y Meirch' (11), and 'Llyma ychwaneg o Drioedd Ynys Prydain allan o Lyfr Mr. Robert Vaughan o Hengwrt' (4); 224, an anecdote relating to Maelgwn Gwynedd; 225-31, transcripts of Welsh verse attributed to Lewys Môn, Taliesin, and Cattwg ddoeth; 231-3, lists of proverbial or wisdom sayings headed 'Llyma Gynghorion Cattwg ddoeth', 'Llymma Goreuau Cattwg Sant ab Gwynlliw', and 'Llymma Goreuau Meugant Bardd Cystenin Fendigaid'; 233-51, transcripts of series of triads with the superscriptions 'Llyma Drioedd a gant Iolo Morganwg', 'Trioedd Cattwg Sant', 'Llymma Drioedd a dalant eu hystyrio cyn gwreicca', 'Llymma Drioedd y Gwragedd priod', and 'Llyma Drioedd o hen Lyfr Lewys Hopcin'; 257-66, transcripts of Welsh poems and exemplary verse attributed to Mab claf i Lywarch, Y Cwtta Cyfarwydd, and Dafydd Nanmor; 271-5, an incomplete series of triads (5 + part of 6) with the superscription 'Llymma Drioedd Cof Cyfarwydd yn son am hynodion o wyr ac o betheu a fuant gynt yn Ynys Prydain . . .' (pp. 267-70, with p. 267 inscribed 'Trioedd Ynys Prydain o Lyfr Iaco ab Dewi gan Rys Thomas, Argraphydd, a fu gynt yn eiddo Twm Siôn Catti', were probably formerly the upper and lower covers of a home-made booklet intended to contain a version of the third series of 'Trioedd Ynys Prydain' of which the contents of pp. 271-5 are probably a fragmentary draft (see Rachel Bromwich: 'Trioedd Ynys Prydain' in Welsh Literature and Scholarship (Cardiff, 1969), p. 13)); 287-300, an alphabetical list of old Welsh words with modern equivalents; 303-09, brief notes headed 'Some account of the Welsh Bards'; 315-17, etymological and other miscellaneous notes; 318, transcripts of a short series of Welsh triads called 'Trioedd yr Addurneu' and of four 'englynion' attributed to [Edward Williams] 'Iolo Morganwg'; 319, a brief note relating to ? Nonconformist meetings associated with Blaen Gwrach [co. Glamorgan]; 327-34, a transcript of the poem 'Kad Goddeu' attributed to Taliesin; 335-8 notes relating to a Unitarian society called 'Gwyr Cwm y Felin' which allegedly flourished at Cwrn y Felin, co. Glamorgan, in the eighteenth century with a reference to Edward Williams's attitude to Unitarianism (see TLLM, tt. 215, 239, 314, and IM, t. 73); (continued)

339-47, notes relating to developments in Welsh metrics and literature to the late eighteenth century; 349-50, notes on the 'Cimmerii' or 'Cimbri', etc.; 351, a note on the connection between the freemasons and St. Alban; 352, a list of the princes of Glamorgan from the time of Aedd Mawr to the time of Iestin ap Gwrgan; 363-5, transcripts of two poems attributed to Morgan Talhai 'o Lansanffraid Fawr ym Morganwg'; 371-4, historical memoranda relating to Gower including an incomplete list of the lords of Gower from the time of Henry I onwards; 375-82, etymological and historical notes relating to the names and regions of Gwent / Essyllwg / Morganwg (mention of 'Ragland Castle Library, the best collection of old Welsh MSS. that ever existed'); 383-4, a note on the possible antiquity of the period of the formation of the Welsh language; 384-90, miscellaneous poetic and other extracts mainly Welsh, and lists of the names of the months in Armoric and Cornish; 393-4 a transcript of an eight-stanza English poem by Taliesin Williams 'written at the Lamb and Flag, Vale of Neath, 1816'; 401-03, a draft copy of an advertisement for the proposed publication of a Welsh quarterly magazine to be called 'Goleugrawn Deheubarth', the first issue to appear in June 1818; 407-11, extracts from [William] Coxe: [An Historical Tour in] Mon[mouth]shire . . . (London, 1801), part 11, appendix 1; 415-18, a copy of a tale relating to King Arthur and his knights sleeping in a cave full of treasure at Craig y Ddinas; 419-22, extracts from [P. H.] Mallet [: Northern Antiquities . . .] and the works of Caedmon; 423-30, notes headed 'Plan of the Analytical Dissertation on the Welsh Language by E[dward] W[illiams]'; 431-5, brief notes relating to the cultivation of literary languages and 'the mode of examining or investigating the principles on which any language has been formed'; 436, a brief list of the 'numerous names of God' in Welsh; 440 + 453, notes relating to ? earth tremors in the area between Cowbridge and the sea in July and August 1809; 445-8, notes headed 'Preface to History of the Bards - hints', with references to the work of [Edward] Jones ['Bardd y Brenin']; 455-7, extracts from [George] Lytte[l]ton : [The] History of [the Life of King] Henry the Second; 457-9, miscellaneous triads; 460-61, extracts from poems by Tudur Aled and G[uto'r] Glyn to abbots of Lanegwystl; 471-82, two sets of notes headed 'On Welsh Literature. Miscellaneous' and 'Cardigan and North Pembroke Dialects' containing general observations on the nature, etc., of Welsh literature and the Welsh language with references to classes held for learning to read Welsh; 482-6, notes on a reputed Welsh bard 'Keraint Vardd Glas otherwise Y Bardd Glas Keraint seemingly the Glaskerion of Chaucer'; 487-91, copies of two rhetorical prose exercises in the form of two love-letters in Welsh addressed by a member of the Powel family of Llwydiarth [co. Glamorgan] to a young lady; 491-500, a brief sketch in Welsh of the history of Morgannwg from the time of Morgan Mwynfawr to the time of the Tudors reputedly from a volume once in the possession of the Reverend Mr. Gamais (Gamage), vicar of St. Athan [co. Glamorgan], and then in the possession of Mr. John Spencer of the same parish; 501-05, transcripts of two letters reputedly exchanged between the sixteenth century poets Siôn Mowddwy and Meirig Dafydd concerning criticism by the latter of the former's verse, mention being made by Meirig Dafydd of the rival Welsh strict-metre systems of Dafydd Emwnt and the bards of Morgannwg (for references to manuscript and published versions of these letters see IMCY, t. 167, and TLLM, t. 86, n. 26-7, and for the opinion that Meirig Dafydd's reply was composed by Edward Williams himself see TLLM, t. 78, n. 6, and t. 86); 505, 'Llyma bump Tywysawglwyth Cymru'; 507- 12, an incomplete list of twenty four early kings of Britain recounting their feats and accomplishments ('Hanes Pedwar Brenin ar hugain a varnwyd yn henna ac yn wrola o'r Brutaniaid i Ddeiliaid ag i Gwncwerio'); 513-16, notes on the lineage of Iestyn ap Gwrgan ('Llyma wehelyth Iestyn ap Gwrgan un o bump Brenhinllwyth Cymru a Phen hynaif Tywysogion Ynys Prydain' reputedly 'o Lyfr Thomas Hopkin o Langrallo'); etc. In three instances notes have been written on the blank verso or margins of printed copies of the following - an abstract of a report on a meeting, May 1820, of the governors and friends of the medical charitable organisation known as the Welsh Dispensary (171-8), proposals for publishing Edward Williams's two volumes of English verse Poems Lyric and Pastoral in 1792 (180-81), and an advertisement for letting 'a desirable family residence' in Cardiff (184-5).

'Iolo Morganwg'.

Adysgrifau 'Manoethwy',

A composite volume of transcripts in the hand of Owen Jones ('Manoethwy'). The contents include 'cywyddau', 'awdlau', 'englynion', 'carolau' and 'cerddi' by Ifan Tew Brydydd, Hari ap Howel alias Harri Hir, Wiliam Cynwal, Sion Tudur, Morus Dwyfech, Gruffudd Hiraethog, Sr. Dafydd Llwyd Ysgolhaig, Llywelyn ap Gytyn, Guto'r Glyn, Hywel D'd Bevan ap Rhys ('o Sir Fon'), Rhydderch ap Sion, Dafydd Nanmor, Rhys Goch o Eryri, Huw Arwystl, Morys ap Ifan ap Einion ('Morus Dwyfach Medd MS arall') Sr. Dafydd Trefor ('Dr. John Kent ... Medd MSS M.P.', 'Sion Dafydd Trefor ... Medd MSS L.O.'), Howel ap Reinalld, Mredydd ap Rhys, Gruffudd D'd ap Howel, Rhisiart ap Howel Da 'Beinion, Bedo Phylip Bach ('Rhai a ddywaid mae Deio ap I'n Du ai Cant... '), Huw Pennant, Sion y Kent, Lewis Glyn Cothi, Edward Maelor '('Mae'n debig mae Edward ap Rhys Maelor ydyw Hwn... '), Dafydd ap Gwilim, Iolo Goch, Simwnt Vychan, Sr. Huw Jones ('Vicar Llanfair ynyffryn Clwyd'), Tudur Aled, Dafydd Llwyd ap Llew ap Gruff., Sion Brwynog, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Taliesyn Aneurin G[wawdrydd], Maer Glas ('medd rhai'), Robin Ddu, Owain Twna, Dafydd Gorllech, Ifan Brydydd Hir, Edward [ap Rhys], Ie : Dyfi, Llywelyn ap Owain, Thomas Prys ('o Blasiolyn Esquire'), Edmund Prys, G[ruffydd] Philip, W. Elias (1730), Owain Gruffydd, Gruffydd Nannau (1654), Owain Gwynedd, Thomas Owen (1730), William Llyn, Tudur Penllyn, Huw Kae Llwyd, Llywelyn Goch Amheurig Hen, Edward Davies (Rhiwlas), Rich. Abram, Moris ab Evan ab David, Cadwaladr Roberts (ab Robert), Dafydd ab Sienkin, Richard [Davies] ('Esgob Dewi'), Ragiar [sic] Kyffin, Huw Morys, Arthur Jones (1734), Mathew Owain, Ellis Cadwaladr, Moris Rhobert ('o Sir Feirionydd'), Thomas Davies ('o Sir Drefaldwyn'), Robert Cadwalad[r] ('o Blwy Pennant'), Richd. Thomas D'd ('o Sir Fon'), Richard Ffoulkes, John Edwards, John Hughes, Moris ab Evan ap Dafydd ('o Lanoge'), Sion Ffoulke, Sion ab William Griffith ('o Lanfihangel ... '), Sion Phylip, G[ruffudd] Leiaf, D. Sion, W[iliam] Phylip, Rhisiart Philyp, H. ab Evan, [John Davies] 'Sion Davydd Las', Lewis Owain, Morgan Dafydd, Edwart Morris and Robert Klidro, and anonymous poems; 'englynion', etc. by contemporary poets, largely of the Richards (Darowen) circle of friends e.g. John Evans ('Ioan Maelor'), W[alte]r Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'),' R[ober]t Davies ['Bardd Nantglyn'], 'G. Brwynog', R[owland] P[arry] (Carndochan), H. K. (1851), Phoebe neu Eunice Jones (Llynlleifiad), [Peter Jones] 'Pedr Fardd', [William Edwards] 'Gwilym Padarn', [Morris Jones] 'Meurig Idris' and J. Blackwell ('Alun'), and anonymous poems; 'Sidanen Or a Song in Praise of the Glorious Queen Elizabeth' by Edward ap Rhys Wynne ap William Prys of Clygyrog, 'The meritorious gratulation of Esqr. Strangways to Llangedwyn ...' by John Davies, and anonymous English poems; prose texts, in some cases two copies, of 'Tri thlws ar ddeg o Frenindlysau Ynys Brydain ... ', 'Drygioni Medd'dod', 'Dewis bethau Howel lygad Cwsg', 'Trws'neiddrwydd Gruffydd ap Adda ap D'd', 'Achau Llewelyn ap Gruffydd y Tywysog diwaethaf o'r Cymru', 'Ymddiddanion ffraethion Cynhengras a fu rhwng y Pawn bach o Wickwair yn y Rhôs Is Conwy a Gwgon o Gaer Einion y Mhowys. A elwir yn gyffredin Araith Wgon', 'Cronigl Cymru a Lloy(e)gr yn amgyffred fal y treuthir isod' (with an additional 'narration' by Rice Jones), 'Taliesin a'i traethodd', 'Rhwng Merddin a Gwenddydd ei chwaer' and 'Merddin a Gwenddydd', 'The Most noted Poems in Mr Bulkeley of Brynddu's Collection' (now NLW MS832); 'An account of the wages paid the workemen for raissing a fence upon Ceiriog under Pentre gwyn a Tenem[en]t of the Hond. John Myddelton Esqr.', with a covering letter from Richd. Ffoulkes (transcribed from Cwrtmawr MS 222, p. 57v.); a power of attorney from Oliv[er] Thomas, Shrewsbury, yeoman to John Thomas Rees, Llanymowthwey, Merioneth, yeoman, 1674 (original in Cwrtmawr MS 222, p. 61) and a letter relating thereto from Robert Vaughan, Salop to John Thomas Rees (original in Cwrtmawr MS74, No. 3); records of the births and baptisms, 1712-33 [at Llansilin], of the children of Richard Ffoulkes (original in Cwrtmawr MS 222, p. 60v); transcripts of fifty-nine letters of Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), 1793-1831 and undated, largely addressed to Thomas Richards at Berriew and Llangynyw; a prospectus, 1793, of 'Celtic Remains' in two volumes, the first by 'the Late Lewis Morris Esq.' and the second by Walter Davies, All-Souls College, Oxford; letters largely to Thomas Richards, Berriew and Llangynyw or David Richards ('Dewi Silin') from Peter Bayley Williams, Llanrug, 1828, John Jones ('Tegyd'), Christ Church, Oxford, 1819-22 and undated, W[illiam van Mildert] bishop of Llandaff, 1822, D. Davies, Chester, 1825, Wm. Owen Pughe, London, 1812-19, Ebenezer Thomas ('Eben Fardd'), Llangybi, 1824, Robt. Parry ('Robyn Ddu Eryri'), 1824 and undated, Tho. Jones, Long Acre, London, 1825, W. Owen ('Eos Glan Hafren'), Newtown, 1824, John Roberts, Tremeirchion, 1822, Robt. Davies ['Bardd Nantglyn'], 1825 and undated, and A[neurin] Owen, [Nantglyn], 1821; a list of titles and first couplets of the poems of Dafydd ap Gwilym; 'Llyma henwe y 24 brenin or brutanied... ' (originally from a manuscript of William Thomas, Llanallgo). Inset at the end of the volume are transcripts of Montgomeryshire pedigrees, etc. Much of the material in the volume has been transcribed from other volumes now in the Cwrtmawr Collection (e.g. MSS 200, 222, 242 and 243) and there are references to such sources as 'un o lyfrau Maesglas Mallwyd' (transcribed in 1857) (p. 269), a manuscript in the hand of Robert Arthur (p. 342), 'Llyfr ym meddiant Lowri Jones' (p. 380), etc. A note pasted on the inside of the upper cover states 'This Vol. was copied by Owen Jones (brother of Myrddin Fardd) from a MS Vol. ... in the handwriting of Lewis Morris [Cwrtmawr MS 200] now at Bryntanad, Llanerfyl Montgomerys[hire] (Richards) E. Breese'. Owen Jones was for a short time a private tutor at BrynTanad (see The Dictionary of Welsh Biography). The spine is lettered 'Mannoethwy MSS'.

Barddoniaeth a rhyddiaith,

A composite manuscript in the hand of David Richards (1725-82), curate of Llanegwad, Carmarthenshire containing 'cywyddau', etc. by Lewys Glyn Cothi, Raff ap Robert, Lewys Daron, Lewys Menai, W[ilia]m Llyn, Ie[a]'n ap Madog, and Dafydd ap Gwilym, and anonymous poems; 'englynion' by D[afyd]d ap Edmwnt, [Richard Davies] ('Escob Dewi') and H[uw] Lewis; extracts from 'cywyddau' by Ieuan Tew Brydydd, I[euan] Deulwyn, R[h]is[iart] Philyp, Sion Tudur, H[uw] Llwyd [Cynfal], and T[homas] Prys; extracts from William Baxter: Glossarium Antiquitatum Britannicarum ... (Londini, 1719); a stanza by [John] Dryden in honour of St David's Day; lists of contents of 'Hen Lyfr Carpiop [sic] B[en] Simon'; 'Llyfr Dauliw Ben Simon', and 'Llyfr y Brut Ben Simon'; 'Englynion y Misoedd' by Aneurin Gwawdrydd; 'Llyma Ddifregwawd Taliesin'; 'Llyma Ystori Owain ap Urien Reged'; 'Llyma val y Cafad Taliessin'; 'Llyma Ystori Saith doethion Rhufain'; 'Cyngor Arystotlys i Alexander mawr i ydnabod'; lists of words from the poetry of D[afydd ap] G[wilym] quoted in John Davies: Dictionarium Duplex, etc. The name of the scribe occurs twice on one of the fly-leaves.

Y Gododdin, etc.

A manuscript containing a transcript of the text of 'Y Gododdin', in old and modern orthography; an adjudication by Owen Jones ('Owain Myfyr') and Rob[er]t Hughes ('Robin Ddu o Fôn') on an elegy to Mr [Richard] Morys, President of the Honourable Society of Cymrodorion; 'Awdl ar y Testyn Jubili Mor-glawdd Tre' Fadog' by Dafydd Thomas ('D[afydd] Ddu o Eryri'), 1811; and 'Beirniadaeth Gymreig' being reviews ('Ad-olwg') by D. Thomas ('o Arfon'), 1812, of 'Awdl ar Amaethyddiaeth' by Walter Davies ['Gwallter Mechain'] and a similar composition by Edwd. Hughes ['Y Dryw'], both submitted to an eisteddfod at Tre' Fadog, 1811. The text of the 'Gododdin' is in the hand of David Ellis (1736-95), vicar of Cricieth, and the remainder of the manuscript in the hand of David Thomas ('Dafydd Ddu Eryri', 1759-1822).

Mysteria Kabalae Bardicae,

A manuscript in the hand of Lewis Morris ('Llewelyn Ddu o Fôn; 1701-65) based on a volume entitled 'Mysteria Kabalae Bardicae' and on other sources quoted by the scribe. It contains poetry by Taliesyn, Merddin, Rhys fardd, Gronw ddu o Fon, Ll'n ap Owain, Y Bardd Cwsg, Y Ffreier Bacwn, Robin Ddu, Davydd ap Gwilim, Llowarch Offeiriad, Iolo Goch, Sr Roger y ffeiriad, Huw ap Rhisiart ap Dld, Bleddyn Fardd, Gronwy Gyrriog, Gruffyth Gryg, Alis verch Gryffyth ap Ieuan, Iefan ap Rhydderch ap Ievan Llwyd, D'd Nanmor, Gvttor Glyn, Tvdvr Aled, Sion Brwynog, Gyttvn Owain, Tvdvr Penllyn, Gruffydd Llwyd ap Davydd ap Einion, Simwnt Vychan, Sion Keri, Ieuan ap Tudur Penllyn, Llewelyn ap Guttyn, Lewis Mon, Sion ap Howel ap Ll'n Vychan, Gruff. ap Ieuan ap Ll'n V'n, Rhys Meigen, Deio ap Ieuan Du, Lewis ab Edwart, Gronw ap Ednyfed, Sion Tudr, Bedo Eurddrem, Huw Arwystl, Ll'n Brydydd Hodnant, Robt. Puw, Edward Morris (Perthi Llwydion), Huw Morys, Lewis Morris, Rhys Cain, and anonymous poetry; 'Llyma freuddwyd Grono ddu o fôn'; 'Prophwydoliaeth Ddewi'; 'Prophwydoliaeth yr Eryr o Gaer Septon'; 'Prophwydoliaeth y Doctor Banystr'; 'Prophwydoliaethau Robin ddu'; a list of, and extracts from poems, by Dafydd Lloyd ap Llewelyn ap Gryffydd; 'Araith Iolo Goch'; notes from a manuscript in the hand of Thomas Prys of Plas Iolyn; 'The British Triades' translated from a copy in the hand of Mr [Robert] Vaughan of Hengwrt; 'Achau'r Cwrw a'i Fonedd a'i Hanes'; 'Some Remarks upon the Commodities of Anglesey, & Quaere wh. ye Laziness of the Inhabitants be not a great Cause of their Poverty & Want of Trade'; 'Achau Elsbeth Brenhines Lloegr'; etc. The volume was begun in 1726, and there are some additions to the year 1759. There are a few entries by Peter Bailey Williams (1821), and also by St Geo[rge] Armstrong Williams, who has included a short biography of Lewis Morris.

Trysor-Gell Barddoniaeth ...,

A volume of poetry and some prose texts in the hand of Lewis Morris ('Llywelyn Ddu o Fôn, 1701-65) entitled 'Trysor-Gell Barddoniaeth Neu Gynhulliad o ddisgleiriaf waith yr Hyglod Feirdd Cymreig yr hwn yn hywir a ellir ei alw Lepor Museus h.y. Melysdra Barddoniaeth ... Gan Lewis Morris, Philomath. o Lanvihangel ymhenrhos yn Môn-ynys. Bl.'r Arg. 1724,' together with the addition 'yn Ieuanc ac yn ddigon diwybodaeth, medd yr un L. M. yn y flwyddyn 1759' which contains 'Tri thlws a'r ddeg o Frenindlysau ynys Brydain ...'; 'Drygioni Medddod'; Welsh poetry, almost entirely 'cywyddau', by Lewis Glyn Cothi, Sr. Davydd Trefor, Gruffydd Hiraethog, Howel ap Reinalld, Davydd ap Gwilym, Simwnt Vychan, Aneuryn Wawdrydd, Sion Tudur, Maer Glas?, Mabclaf ap Llywarch, Mredydd ap Rhys, Tudur Aled, Huw Pennant, Gruffudd D'd ap howel, Rhisiart ap howel Da. Beinion, Huw Arwystl, Morys ap Ifan ap Einion, Dafydd Nanmor, Rhys Goch o Eryri, Bedo Phylip bach, Sion y Kent, Ifan tew Brydydd, Mr Harri ap Hoel alias Harri Hir, William Cynwal, Rhydderch ap Sion ('Poor Poetry. L.M.'), Edward Maelor ('Mae'n debig mae Edward ap rhys maelor ydyw ...'), Iolo Goch, Sr. Huw Jones ('Bicar Llanvair ynyffryn Clwyd'), Morus Dwyfech, Sr. Dafydd Lloyd ysgolhaig; Gutto'r Glyn, Davydd ap Edmwnt, Dafydd Llwyd ap Lle'n ap Gruff., Llywelyn ap Gytyn, Hywel D'd Bevan ap rhys, Wiliam Lyn, Sion Brwynog, Iorwerth fynglwyd, and Taliesyn, with copious marginal variants and annotations by Lewis Morris; 'Taliesyn a ddowaid mae dewisa gwr oedd fal hyn. 1 Gwr a fo athro'n ei dy ...'; 'Dewis Bethau Howel lygad Cwsg'; 'Twrsneiddrwydd Gruffydd ap Adda ap D'd'; 'Sidanen, or a Song In Praise of the Glorious Queen Elizabeth' by Edward ap Rhys Wynne ap William Prys of Clygyrog in Anglesey, Fellow of Wadham Coll., Oxon.; 'Cronigl Cymru a Lloegr' transcribed, with annotations, by Lewis Morris, Dulas, September 1727, from a manuscript written in 1571 by Rice Jones [BM Add. MS 14894]; 'Ymddiddanion ffraethion Cymhengras a fu rhwng y Pawn bach o Wickwair yn y rhôs Is Conwy a Gwgon o Gaer einion ymhowys a elwir yn Gyffredin Araith Wgon'; a treatise, being 'a Preface to a Book Composd by me L. M. Entitul'd Yswelediad Byr or Holl Gelfyddydau a gwybodaethau Enwogcaf yn y Byd. June 1729' ('A poor preface indeed says L. M. 1759'); 'The Most Noted Poems in Mr. Bulkeley of Brynddu's Collection [i.e., 'Llyfr Gwyn Mechell', now NLW MS 832]; and 'Achau Llewelyn ap Gruffudd y Twysog diwaethaf o'r Cymru', transcribed in 1725 ('... allan o Lyfr Scrifen hen ddihennydd ... Llyfr fy hendaid'). Preceding the texts are a list of contents ('Taflen o gynhwysiad y Llyfr') and a list of names of the poets represented in the volume ('Enwau'r Awdwyr a Sgrifenasant y Caniadau yn y Llyfr hwn'). There are notes and memoranda on the fly-leaves by Lewis Morris and John Morgan. Inside the lower cover is a bill-head of the Wynnstay Arms Hotel or Eagles Inn, Machynlleth. Mary Richards [presumably of Darowen], whose bookplate appears inside the upper cover of the volume, has subsequently added transcripts of 'awdlau' and 'cywyddau' by Sion Tudur, Lewis Glynn Kothi, Tudu[r] Aled, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Gruffudd ap Jenkin ap Llywelyn Vychan, [William Llyn] pp. 352-51, Iolo Goch, Raff ab Robert, Henri Humphreys, and Dafydd ap Gwilim.

Gorchestion Beirdd Cymru

A copy of Rhys Jones (ed.): Gorchestion Beirdd Cymru ... (Amwythig, 1773), with copious late eighteenth century manuscript additions entered partly in the margin and partly (largely) on bound-in leaves at the beginning and the end. The majority of the additions are in the hand of Jacob Jones, recipient of the volume (see note, below). These consist mainly of prose texts of 'a Letter written by our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and found 18 miles from Iconium 65 years after Our Saviour's Crucifixion ...', 'King Agbarus's Letter' and 'Our Saviour's Answer', and 'Sentulius's Epistle to the Senate of Rome'; culinary and medical recipes ('Receipts of Sundries'); and 'cywyddau', 'englynion', 'cerddi', metrical psalms, etc. by William Edward, W. Evans, Mr Goronwy Owen, Jacob Jones, Dafydd Davies ('Llongwr', 'ai Dwedod yn Aberdyfi Meirion 1773'), 'Tad gwehydd Sychnant sir feirion', [David Jones] ('Dewi Fardd'), Hu Jones (Llangwm), J. Jenkins, Taliesin, Ann Fochan [sic], ?Hugh Jones (Glan Conwy), Mathew Owen ('o Langar'), [Thomas Edwards] ('Twm o'r Nant'), Mr Risiart Rhys ('Or Gwerllwyn, Ym Merthyr Tydfil, yn Swydd Trefaldwyn'), Jno. Roberts ('Almanaccwr Caer Gybimon'), Huw ap Huw, Dafydd Jones ('or Penrhyn deudraeth'), Mr Jones ('Ficcar Llanbryn Mair'), Elis Rowland, Ellis Roberts ('y Cowper'), Ioan ab William, T. ab G., Hugh ab Sion, Edmund Prys, Robert Jones, John Peters, Wm. Griffiths, Thos. Jones, Huw Rob[erts], Edward Jones, Ierwerth Fynglwyd, Howel Daf[ydd] ap Ieuan ap Rhys, Tudur Aled, William Llun, John Phillip, Lewis Morys ('Llywelyn ddu'), Llywarch hen, Dafydd Nanmor, Bleddyn Fardd, Gruffydd ap yr Ynad Coch, 'one of the Parry's of Newmarket', Dafydd Brydydd Hir ('o Lanfair' dôl Haearn'), William Williams, Aneuryn Gwawdrydd, [David Thomas ('Dafydd Ddu Eryri')] and Jonathn Hughes, and from printed sources.

Medical recipes, etc.

A volume (78 pp.) written in several hands, in part at least between 1755 and 1763, containing medical recipes headed 'Cynghorion', 'englynion' by William Phylip, Gr. ap Ievan 'o lannerch llyweni', 'Robin ddu o hir Addig', Einion ap Gwalchmai, extracts from 'Talysau [sic] yr hen Oesodd' [sic]', 'englynion' between 'Colwyn' and 'Craff' ('gwaith brus mawr. Evanvs Thomasvs'), 'geiriau gwir Taliessin', and a numbered series of medical recipes headed 'Cynghorion amriw ddolurie'. There are also memoranda giving the date of birth of some of the children of Thomas Lewis and Margratte [sic] Evanes, etc., and some accounts [?Penllyn district, Merioneth].

Llyfr Roger Morris (Llanwrin 1),

A manuscript in the autograph of Roger Morris, Coed-y-talwrn containing anecdotes, extracts from the Black Book of Carmarthen ('Amravael bethau a gopiuyd or lyfyr du o gaer Vyrdin'), 'Credo Taliessin o lyvyr aral', proverbial sayings ('Ni uyr ni uyl, ni uyl ni dysc'), lines attributed to Tal Iessin ('Na fid escud dy lau ar lu anudon'), 'Kas bethau guyr Rhufain', one or two triads, two Welsh religious plays (not one as suggested in R.W.M), viz. ['Y Dioddefaint'], pp. 41-73, and 'Traul y 3 brenin i anrhegu Crist' [or 'Y Tri Brenin o Gwlen'], pp .73-80 (see Gwenan Jones, A Study of three Welsh religious plays (Bala, 1939) p. 12 et passim), some pedigrees ('Rhai or Guehelaethau'), 'Araeth Wgon', instructions concerning table manners ('Am voes ac arver yu hynn o ymdidan'), 'Henue 15 luyth Guyned o lyfr Humphre ap hoel o Ruthyn',etc., a Life of Saint Martin in Welsh [cf. Mostyn MS 88], an anecdote concerning Madog ab Owain Gwynedd, 'Henuae Pympthegluyth Guyned ai gulad ai harvau' and a list of Welsh poets.

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