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GRUFFUDD ab ADDA ap DAFYDD ( fl. 1340-1370 ), poet and prose writer .

He was a contemporary and friend of Dafydd ap Gwilym , who composed a marwnad upon him. From this poem we gather that he was a native of Powys Wenwynwyn and was killed by a friend's sword at Dolgelley , where he lies buried. For his poetry see Jones and Lewis , Mynegai , and Brogyntyn MS. 2 in the National Library of Wales . Rhetorical compositions attributed to him and entitled ‘ Breuddwyd Gruffudd ab Adda ap Dafydd ,’ and ‘ Trwstaneiddiwch Gruffudd ab Adda ap Dafydd ,’ have been published by D. Gwenallt Jones in his Areithiau Prôs , 18, 33. A musical composition under the title ‘ Caingc Ruffudd ab Adda ’ appears in the Myvyrian Archaiology .

Sources:

  • Ifor Williams and Thomas Roberts , Cywyddau Dafydd ap Gwilym a'i Gyfoeswyr , 1935 , lxxxix.

Author:

Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959