Llyfr Cerddi William Morgan,
- [1675x1728], 1853 (Creation)
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In spite of the presence in the margins of a great number of personal names (e.g. Catherine Jones, Mallwyd, 1753, Rowland Jones, Pennant Mywddwu, 1760) it is apparent that - like other Llansilin MSS, e.g. NLW MS 566 - this volume was during the greater part of the eighteenth century in the possession of Cadwaladr David (Dafydd) and his son David (Dafydd) Cadwaladr otherwise David Davies, Ty isa, Llanymawddwy. It eventually passed into the hands of the Richards family of Darowen.
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A volume labelled 'Llyfr Cerddi William Morgan', being a collection largely of poetry compiled during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century by William Morgan (died 1728), Plassegwynio[n], Llanymawddwy, Merioneth. It contains 'Yr Eisteddfod ynghaerwys ... y 26 o fis May yn y nawfed flwyddyn o deyrnasiad y fre[n]hines Elizabeth ...' , being a list of the gentlemen before whom it was held and of those who graduated in 'cerdd dafod' and 'cerdd dant'; 'cywyddau' by Mr Edmont Prees, Sion Philip, Gryffyth Lloyd ab Dafydd ab Einion Lligliw, Dafydd Nanmor, Ifan ap Howel Swrd[w]al, Ifan Tudur Penllyn, Dafydd ap Gwylim, Gruffyth Phylip fardd, William Phylip, Sion Tudur, Dafydd ap Ievan Lloyd, Sion Kerri, Dafydd Lloyd ap Llewelyn ap Gruffyth, Lewis Morganwg, Richard Lloyd, John David, Gutto Glyn, Lewis ab Edward, Simwynt Vychan, William Puw Llafar, Lewis Môn, Huw Llyn, Rees Edneved, Richard Phyllip, John Vaughan ('Esqr. o Gaer Gai'), John Rhydderch, Gwilym ab Syfnyn, Gruffyth ap Gronwy Gethin, Edward Vrien, William Cynwal and Rowland Price; 'englynion' by John Vaughan [Caer-gai], Syr Rees Cadwalada[r], Moris Robert, Robert Edward Lewis and John Davyd, and anonymous 'englynion'; 'carolau', 'cerddi', 'ymddiddanion', 'penillion', etc. by Evan Thomas, Cathring Sion, Gaynor Llwyd, Thomas Evan, Moris Richard, Huwkyn Sion, Hugh Moris, Gryffyth Moris Evan, Mr Edward Jones ('Vicar Mychynlleth'), Llywelun Cadwaladr, Sir Rees Cadwaladr, Rees Ellus, Evan Gruffydd, Mrs Jane Vaughan ('Caer gae'), Cadwaladr y Prydydd, John Morgan ('Vicar Aber Conwy', 1698), Lewis or Plas, Edward John ab Evan, Ellis Edward, John Davyd, Davyd Thomas ('o Sir Drefaldwn'), Thomas Llwyd ('or Rhiw'), Moris Richard and Robertt Evans ('o blwy Meifod'), and anonymous poems in free metres; and pedigrees of the family of Lloyd of Hendre y Mur [Maentwrog, Merioneth] and of William Pugh of Mathafarn [Montgomeryshire]; and 'Prognosticasiwn Sion Tudur'. At the end of the volume is a later section containing English verses and a log of a voyage [to London], 11 May - 11 June 1754. There are also copious additions on the blank pages and in the margins of the volume, including poetry by Cadwaladr ap Dewi and Dafudd Gryffydd ('ai Dychreuodd, John Llwyd ai diweddodd'); transcripts, 1721 and undated, of depositions and an incomplete lease touching properties in the township of Lowarch and in Lanerchvyda, Merioneth; undated accounts, e.g. 'Potatws a Count'; etc. There is an entry in the hand of 'Mair' [Richards, Darowen], 1853.
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The manuscript was formerly No. 5 in the Llansilin Collection (see Trans. Cymm., Vol. II, Part IV (1843), 417).
Preferred citation: 204B.
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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales