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DAVIES , HUMPHREY (d. 1635 ), vicar of Darowen, and transcriber of Welsh manuscripts .

Son of David ap Griffith , a cleric hailing from the Harlech district, and Jonet , daughter of David ap Thomas of Maes-y-neuadd . He is said to have been rector of Llanfyllin for a few months in 1571 and to have left to study at Cambridge . His career at Cambridge appears to have been confused in the reference books with that of a native of Leamington Hastings who bore the same name. Judging by the silence of the Welsh poets he did not take a degree. He was vicar of Darowen from 1577 until his death in 1635 . He wrote several collections of Welsh poetry , and at least seven of his manuscripts have survived: Gwyneddon 1 , Llanst. 35 and 118 , Mostyn 160 , Bodewryd 1 , B.M. Add. 14933 , and Brogyntyn 2 . He compiled the latter for Dr. Theodore Price , nephew of his wife Jonet , daughter of Edward Stanley , constable of Harlech castle in 1551 . Eulogistic poems were addressed to him by Griffith , John , and Richard Phylip , Ieuan Tew Brydydd the second of Arwystli , and Evan Lloyd of Gwaun Einion . Both John and Richard Phylip state that in his younger days he translated books from other languages into Welsh , but it is not known what books they were.


  • A Survey of the Cathedral-Church of St. Asaph (1720) , i, 384;
  • A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , ii, 234;
  • Athenae Cantabrigienses (1858–1913) ., ii, 474;
  • Alumni Cantabrigienses ;
  • N.L.W. The Records of the Church in Wales at the National Library of Wales , S. Asaph;
  • Reg. Collat.;
  • The National Library of Wales Journal , v, 234-5;
  • T. Parry , Gwaith Dafydd ap Gwilym (Cardiff, 1952) , cxxxvii, cli-clii.


Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959