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DAFYDD WILIAM PYRS (or PRYS) ( fl. c. 1660 ), poet ;

a native, it is said, of Cynwyd, Mer. No details regarding his life are known, but at least two of his poems in free metres remain. One is entitled ‘ Hanes yr hen ŵr o'r coed ,’ and the other, in the form of a dialogue between two sisters, has alternate stanzas by Mathew Owen of Llangar (q.v.) and himself. [Avoid confusing him with Dafydd Emlyn ( Dafydd William Prys ), fl. 1603-1622 , q.v.]

Sources:

  • Cwrtmawr Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 110 (177);
  • Peniarth Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 239 (306);
  • NLW MSS 645 (1), 653 (69), 5284 (60);
  • David Jones , Egluryn Rhyfedd , Llanrwst, 1897 , 1750 , 3;
  • Blodeu-Gerdd Cymry , 1759 , 1779 , 207;
  • Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850 . [1893?] , 64;
  • Y Brython , 1861 , iv, 328;
  • Edward Davies , Traethawd ar Enwogion Swydd Feirion, hen a diweddar, yn gelfyddydwyr, beirdd, gwyddonwyr, pregethwyr , Caernarfon, 1870 , 1870 , 96;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , 1, 96.

Author:

Miss Ray Looker, (Mrs Ray Morgan), Cardiff / Rhymni

Published date: 1959