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ALICE verch Griffith ap Ieuan ap Llywelyn Fychan ( fl. 1540-1570 ), a poetess .

Daughter of the gentleman poet , Gruffydd ap Ieuan ap Llewelyn Fychan ( c. 1485 - 1553 ) of Llannerch in Llewenni Fechan, Denbs. Her mother was his first wife, Jonet , daughter of Richard ap Howel of Mostyn (d. 1540 ).

Alice (or Alice Wen ) was b. about 1520 , and m., about 1540 , David Lloyd ap Rees of Vaynol , one of the Lloyds of Wigfair . Her children were John Lloyd (d. 1615 ), registrar of S. Asaph , Thomas Lloyd of Vaynol (d. 1602 ), William Lloyd , M.A. , rector of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant and Llanfechain , 1590-1600 , and Llanwrin , and canon of S. Asaph cathedral , 1587-1600 , and Edward Lloyd (d. 1639 ), proctor of S. Asaph .

Little has been preserved of her bardic compositions — englynion on the type of husband she desired and on her views on her father's second marriage in old age, and a cywydd to reconcile Grigor y Moch and Davydd Llwyd Lwdwn .

Sources:

  • History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher, and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fadog , v, 297-9;
  • Y Cwtta Cyfarwydd (London, 1883) , 55;
  • Peniarth Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 287 (207, 276);
  • NLW MSS 1553 (555), 6681 (404), 7008 (105), 11993 (14);
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 13 (72), 25 (3-4, 103-4);
  • Llanstephan Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 49 (132);
  • Cardiff Manuscript 19 (742);
  • Jes. Coll. MS. at the Bodleian Library, Oxford) lxxxviii (43-4).

Author:

Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959