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DAFYDD LLWYD MATHAU, MATHE, or MATHEW ( fl. 1601-1629 ), poet and strolling minstrel .

A native, according to J. H. Davies , of Cilpyll , Llangeitho . Poems attributed to him include some in honour of the families of Morfa Mawr in Anglesey ( 1601 ) and Llewenni in Denbs. ( 1602 ). In Glam. , the Mansells of Margam , the Powells of Llandow , and the Phillipses of Gelli'r-fid , Llandyfodwg , were similarly honoured so, too, in Pembs. , Thomas ap Richard of Marloes and the families of Henllys ( 1603 , 1606 , 1611 ), Tre Wern , Pont Gynon ( 1615 ), and Pen-y-benglog ( 1629 ). He also wrote love lyrics and, moreover, in 1611 , composed an awdl in the twenty-four regular metres and others devised by himself. There is one cywydd written in his own hand in Llanst. MS. 38 .

Sources:

  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 38, 47, 118, 133, 134;
  • Cardiff Manuscript 16 (339);
  • Merthyr Tydfil Manuscript I, 219, 222, 334;
  • Aberdare MS I, 856;
  • NLW MS 6495 (56-7);
  • J. Morris-Jones , Cerdd Dafod sef celfyddyd barddoniaeth Gymraeg , Oxford, 1925 , 366-7;
  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg , 1948 , 125;
  • G. J. Williams, Iolo Morganwg a Chywyddau'r Ychwanegiad , 1926 , 102.

Author:

Dr Geraint Bowen, M.A., Ruabon

Published date: 1959