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BEDO HAFESP ( fl. 1568-1585 ), poet of Montgomeryshire .

He graduated as a ‘ Disgybl Pencerddaidd ’ at the second Caerwys eisteddfod in 1568 . It appears from the satirical exchange of compositions which passed between him and Ifan Tew [ Ieuan Tew 2 , q.v. ] that he was at one time a sergeant at Newtown in Cedewen ( Cardiff MS. 65 , f. 112). Fourteen of his poems are extant, mainly addressed to members of important families in the county. Edmund Prys judged that his skill was equal to that of poets like Owain Gwynedd , Siôn Tudur , Ifan Tew , Rhys Cain , etc. ( Llanst. MS. 43 (22) ). The last date appertaining to him is 1585 , when he wrote a poem on the death of Siôn Gruffydd of Llŷn .

Sources:

  • Aberdare MS 1 (340);
  • Cardiff Manuscripts 10 (112), 53 (19), 65 (112, 114);
  • Jes. Coll. MS. at the Bodleian Library, Oxford 17 (720, 725);
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 43 (22), 49 (18), 53, 118 (599), 133 (709, 731), 155 (17);
  • Mostyn MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 145 (385);
  • NLW MSS 643 (158, 161, 163), 719 (75, 77b), 1247 (197, 207), 7412;
  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 92 (15, 18, 56), 99 (79, 85, 153, 158), 114 (86).

Author:

Mrs. Norma Gwyneth Hughes, Bangor / Blaenau, Llandybie

Published date: 1959