File Brogyntyn MS I.9 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Thomas Wiliems's Latin-Welsh dictionary : A to D

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Thomas Wiliems's Latin-Welsh dictionary : A to D


  • [1608]-[c. 1613] (Creation)

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vii, 256 ff. (original foliation 1-254 with errors) ; 335 x 210 mm.

Rebound, [early 19 cent.], in blind-tooled pigskin, on five raised bands with 'THESAURUS LINGUAE LATINA ET CAMBRO BRITANNICAE OPERA THOMAE GULIELMI', 'VOL I 1608' and 'PORKINGTON MANUSCRIPT NO 4' in gold on spine; inlaid into each cover is a blind-stamped panel, on a darker brown calf, c. 315 x c. 180 mm., incorporating rolls identifiable as Oldham nos 896, 720 and 647 (bearing the initials 'F.I.'), [c. 1530x1555].

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'Annes Clay' in an early-seventeenth century hand (ff. iii verso (deleted), iv); signature of 'Jo: Edwards' and 'A vynno duw derfyd. 1607. prætij 9s' (f. iv). The notes 'R. Owen ex donis J: Morral Atturnatus' (f. iv) and 'Donum Jo: (Johanis) Morral at R. Owen' (f. v) show that the volume was given to Sir Robert Owen (d. 1698) of Brogyntyn by John Morrall (d. 1688) of Cilhendre, Dudleston, Shropshire. 'Porkington Library Shelf 1 Case 4 No 3' (label inside front cover).

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A volume containing the first part of a transcript (continued in Brogyntyn I.10) by John Edwards, Plas Newydd, Chirk, of part of Thesaurus Linguæ Latinæ et Cambrobritannicæ... by 'Syr' Thomas Wiliems, Trefriw (now NLW Peniarth MS 228).
The volume contains the title page, dated 1608, the list of authorities cited, 'Prif Gaerae Ynys Brydain gynt', 'Tri dyfal gyfangan', and the dictionary from A to D. The contents correspond to Peniarth MS 228, vol. i, except that Thomas Wiliems's preface is wanting, probably as a result of six leaves being excised at the beginning of the volume between ff. iv and v. The text is written in a neat italic hand, two columns on each page; the Latin words are written in red ink, the Welsh definitions in black, quotations from Welsh literature in green, and the names of authors and titles of the works quoted in purple. According to a note on f. iv John Edwards paid nine shillings for paper for his transcript in 1607; he probably commenced transcribing soon afterwards in 1608, which is the date written on Thomas Wiliems's title-page, although Wiliems completed his dictionary on 2 October 1607. The monograms 'IHS' and 'MRA' on ff. v and 1 and 'Emanuell IHS' on f. iv indicate that John Edwards, like Thomas Wiliems, was a Roman Catholic. Because of his refusal to take the Oath of Allegiance in 1613 two-thirds of Edwards's estate was confiscated, which resulted in his being involved in litigation until the end of his life, a situation which probably explains why he abandoned transcribing the dictionary.

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Item: 1.1 Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.9). Action: Condition reviewed. Action identifier: 4584942. Date: 20030207. Authorization: Selected for conservation. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Thomas. Status: Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.9) : Lower part of book block at front of volume badly damaged with weakening and losses of paper, tight back spine delaminated and detached from book. Institution: WlAbNL.

Item: 1.2 Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.9). Action: Conserved. Action identifier: 4584942. Date: 20030815. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: D. Williams. Status: Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.9) : Repaired mould damaged paper and reattached delaminated spine. Institution: WlAbNL.


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

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Latin, Welsh.

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Leaves excised between ff. iv and v; leaves affected by damp.

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Available on microfilm at the Library.

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See also Brogyntyn MS I.10. For other manuscripts in John Edwards's hand see NLW MSS 3064 (Mostyn MS 204) and 3561-3562.

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E. D. Jones, 'The Brogyntyn Manuscripts', National Library of Wales Journal, 6 (1949-50), 309-328 (pp. 316-325, 328).

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Formerly Porkington MS 4.


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Preferred citation: Brogyntyn MS I.9 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].

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  • Text: Brogyntyn MS I.9 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]; $q - Leaves excised between ff. iv and v; leaves affected by damp; $z - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.
  • Microform: $h - MEICRO BROGYNTYN MS I.9.