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CADWALADR , ‘ SirRHYS ( fl. 1666-1690 ), cleric and poet .

Of Celynin , near Conway , according to Siôn Edwart , but of the ‘College’ in that town, according to his own testimony ( Llanst. MS. 15 (37) ). The first date we have for him is 1666 ; he wrote a poem to one of the Gwydir family in 1674 and many poems to various members of the Mostyn family , one being to Thomas Mostyn at the New Year, 1678 . We have no further dated poem after 1689 , when he wrote a poem on the death of Thomas Jones , astronomer , of Corwen . He himself d. in the following year, 1690 ( Llanst. MS. 15 (34) ).

Much of his work is extant; it includes twenty-four englynion , translations from Horace and Seneca , and a poem on the death of John Hookes of Conway , ascribed to the poet, but said to have been written on behalf of William Fychan .

Sources:

  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 15 (31, 37), 117 (30), 166 (252, 258, 298);
  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 96 (27, 39, 41, 42, 43, 62, 63, 64, 80), 148 (939b and c, 941d, 942b and c);
  • NLW MSS 558 (1, 5), 836 (22), 11087 (61, 62);
  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 239 (344), 241 (400).

Author:

Norma Gwyneth Hughes, Bangor / Blaenau, Llandybie

Published date: 1959