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ELLIS , ELLIS ab ( fl. 1685-1726 ), cleric and poet .

Several biographical dictionaries have erred in dating him a century earlier. Nothing is known of his family or of his early connections, although the title above a series of englynion by him in N.L.W. MS. 255 states that he was born in the parish of Llandrillo, Mer. He held the perpetual curacy of Eglwys Rhos, Caerns. , for nearly thirty-two years; his first entry in the parish register was made on 14 May 1693 and his last on 28 March 1725 . Llandudno also was under his charge.

He wrote poetry in the strict and the free metres. ‘ Cywydd i'r Arian ’ was published in Dyfyrwch ir Cymru neu Ddewisol Ganiadau ( Dublin , n.d.), and in Y Gwladgarwr , iv, 18; ‘ Hanes y Byd ’ in Thomas Jones 's Almanac , 1685 ; and ‘ Carol Plygain ,’ 1710 , ‘ Hanes Llundain ,’ and ‘ Gofal Cybydd am ei Ferch ,’ in Blodeu-Gerdd Cymry , 1759 . Some of these poems, as well as various englynion by him, are preserved in the following manuscripts: N.L.W. 9, 255, 432, 434, 436, 653, 2621, 3487, 10744, 13063 ; Cwrtmawr 5 ; Cardiff 47, 64 ; Swansea 3 (155) ; B.M. Add. MSS. 14875, 14987, 14992 . He translated a short prose work, Britain's Timely Warning , into Welsh under the title Cofiadur Prydlon Lloegr ( Shrewsbury , Stafford Prys , 1761 ).

Sources:

  • The Records of the Church in Wales at the National Library of Wales (in N.L.W.);
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph , 542;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen , 1852 ; Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol , 1875 , i, 507;
  • Geiriadur Bywgraffyddol o Enwogion Cymru , i, 252;
  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru , 1870 , 298;
  • William Owen Pughe , The Cambrian Biography (later ) , 1803 , 14;
  • ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 .

Author:

Gildas Tibbott M.A., (1900-79), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959