File Wynnstay MS 188. - Welsh poetry,

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Wynnstay MS 188.


Welsh poetry,


  • [late 16 cent.] (Creation)

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154 ff. (bound in incorrect order, f. 60 should be located after f. 61) ; 180 x 160 mm.

Re-bound in half leather with red marbled paper covers (watermarks 'Turkey Mill 1858' in endpapers); 'Welsh Museum' (2 labels on front cover).

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A collection of Welsh strict-metre poetry of the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including works by Ieuan Gethin ab Ieuan ap Lleision, Iolo Goch, Lewys Mon, Tudur Aled, Hywel Cilan, Gutun Owain, Guto'r Glyn, Ieuan ap Tudur Penllyn, Dafydd Llwyd o Fathafarn, Rhys Pennardd, Tudur Penllyn, Morus ap Hywel ap Tudur, Deio ab Ieuan Ddu, Gruffudd Hiraethog, Rhys o'r Hengaer, Wiliam Cynwal, Edward Brwynllys, Dafydd Nanmor, Sion Ceri, Huw Arwystl, Dafydd ap Siancyn ap Dafydd ap y Crach, Wiliam Llŷn, Rhys Cain, Rhisiart ap Hywel ap Dafydd ab Einion, Hywel Rheinallt, Gruffudd Llwyd ap Dafydd ab Einion Llygliw, Sion Tudur and Tomas Derllys. A cursory examination of the items included in the manuscript suggests that about ten of the poems are not recorded in other manuscripts. The volume is written in several hands of the late sixteenth century including those of Simwnt Fychan (ff. 73-75) and Wiliam Cynwal (ff. 79-81), two of the bardic pupils of Gruffudd Hiraethog, and also the hand of Rhys Cain, the herald bard of Oswestry, who was a pupil of Wiliam Llŷn, another of Gruffudd Hiraethog's pupils (ff. 4-6 verso, 101 verso-148 verso).

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  • Welsh

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Badly damaged by fire in 1858; repaired with considerable loss of text; tops of folios lost, ff. 1-3, 154 are fragments only.

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Preferred citation: Wynnstay MS 188.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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March 1996 and January 2015.




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Description compiled by Dafydd Ifans, and revised by Rhys Morgan Jones.

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  • Text: Wynnstay MS 188 - Badly damaged by fire in 1858; repaired with considerable loss of text; tops of folios lost, ff. 1-3, 154 are fragments only.