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EDWART ap RAFF ( fl. 1578-1606 ), a Denbighshire poet .

Son of Raff ap Robert . In a cywydd composed in 1602 when he had grown old he refers to the battle of S. Quentin , 1557 , as though he had been actually present. It is stated in N.L.W. MS. 5282 that he was a blind poet , but there is no reference to this elsewhere. His poems are mainly in praise of the landowning families of the Vale of Clwyd ; they also include elegies on Siôn Tudur , 1602 , and Simwnt Fychan , 1606 . Llanst. MS. 36 contains a collection of his work.

Sources:

  • Additional Manuscripts in the British Museum 14879, 14885, 14998, 24980;
  • Cardiff Manuscripts 11-13, 43, 47, 63-4, 83-4;
  • Jesus College Manuscripts 15-16, 18;
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 49, 124-5;
  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 96, 131, 145, 147;
  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 72-3, 75, 93, 112, 115, 121, 134 (142-3), 173;
  • NLW MSS 253, 356, 434-5, 552, 567, 644, 673, 722, 1238, 1553, 1559, 1578, 3487, 6496, 6499, 6967, 10248, 11087;
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 242;
  • Brogyntyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 3, 5-6;
  • Swansea Manuscript 1;
  • Chirk Castle Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 3.

Author:

Miss Rhiannon Francis Roberts, M.A., (1923-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959