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DAFYDD EMLYN (or DAFYDD WILLIAM PRYS ) ( fl. 1603-1622 ), poet and cleric

according to Moses Williams .

The epithet ‘ Emlyn ’ suggests that he was a native of the Teify valley . His poems, written in the strict metres, were composed in honour of families living in the Cemais ( Pembs. ) area, such as those of Henllys ( 1603 ), Llwyn-gwair , Tre Wern ( 1614 ), and Pen-y-benglog ( 1618 , 1622 ), in Trimsaran , and in Margam . Some of his poems written in his own hand may be seen in Llanst. MS. 38 and B.M. MS. 48 . [Avoid confusing him with Dafydd Wiliam Pyrs or Prys , fl. c. 1660 ]

Sources:

  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 38, 57, 133, 134;
  • NLW MS 6495, 33;
  • B.M. MSS. 45 (101b), 48 (203);
  • Merthyr Tydfil Manuscript 1 (224).

Author:

Dr Geraint Bowen, M.A., Ruabon

Published date: 1959