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ROBIN CLIDRO ( fl. 1580 ), itinerant minstrel ,

a native of the Vale of Clwyd , according to some authorities. ( Cludro occurs as a place name in the parish of Llangefni , Anglesey ). His verse is of the humorous kind, such as the elegy on his cat, the story of his visit to Ludlow , and the description of certain fishermen . The humour of these songs is often ribald. He employed a metre which is only found in the works of the lower bardic grades and which seems never to have been used for serious poetry. It is a variation of the metre known as cyhydedd hir , with a touch of cynghanedd between the third and fourth lines. An elegy upon Robin , full of faulty cynghanedd in the manner of the bard himself, was sung by Siôn Tudur (q.v.) , and it is stated in the title that he was murdered by highwaymen in South Wales . But this may, like many another, be a mock elegy.


  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870) ;
  • Canu Rhydd Cynnar (1932) , cxvii, 146-66;
  • T. Gwynn Jones , Llenyddiaeth Cymru o 1450 hyd 1600 , iii, 69;
  • Cennard Davies, Robin Clidro a'i ganlynwyr (1964).


Sir Thomas Parry, D.Litt., (1904-85), Bangor / Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959