File Llanstephan MS 53 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Llyvyr Jams Dwnn,

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Llanstephan MS 53 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].


Llyvyr Jams Dwnn,


  • [c. 1647] / (Creation)

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542 pp.Pp. 14-280 wanting beginning and end.Pp. 14-280 wanting beginning and end.

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The following marginalia occur: 'Mr. Charles Herbertt of pant:y:Sheriff in the parish of Caron 16503' (p. 159); 'his booke, 1691' (p. 227); 'Morgan John Moris' (pp. 451 & 81). On p. 16 there is a letter 'To Mr. Alban Thomas near Blaenporth. My good Friend/I've sent to you this old MS. ... I wd not have you send it to Mr. Moses Williams, neither to his Father, for I was desir'd since by my particular good Friend the curate of Llandewy Brevy who had the perusal of it for a time to have it restored &c. &c. Caron 8br 28th 1716. Jen: Jenkins.'

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A manuscript containing poetry by Siâms Dwnn, Huw Arwystli, Gruffydd Phylip, Dafydd Nanmor, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Guto'r Glyn and others Pp. 1-498 are in the hand of Siâms Dwnn (see p. 457); pp. 499-521 are in the hand of 'Tho: P.' [Thomas Prys]; and pp. 521, ll. 10-542 are in a hand resembling that of Siôn Cain. At p. 238 some lines are given in fragments only, the scribe's original being imperfect. Prophecies, including those attributed to Merlin and Taliesin, are listed on pp. 507-520. At p. 521 is a copy of a letter from Thomas Prys to his 'cosin Lewis Evans'.

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Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.

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Welsh, English.

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J. Gwenogvryn Evans, Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, vol. II, part II (London, 1903), pp. 534-545.

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Digital version available (November 2023)

Available on microfilm at the Library.

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Formerly Shirburn MS E. 1.


Preferred citation: Llanstephan MS 53 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Microform: $h - MEICRO LLANSTEPHAN MS 53.
  • Text: Llanstephan MS 53 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]; $q - Pp. 14-280 wanting beginning and end.; $z - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies..