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GRUFFUDD ap DAFYDD FYCHAN ( 15th cent. ), poet ,

of Tir Iarll in Glam. He is apparently the person referred to as ‘Gruffudd mydrydd a enwir gŵr o Fetws Tir Iarll’ whose pedigree is given by G. T. Clark in Limbus Patrum , 510. A number of his cywyddau have been preserved, including an elegy on the death of Henry VI , a number of vaticinatory poems, and three love poems, two poems composed by Llywelyn Goch y Dant and Gruffydd ap Dafydd Fychan after reading the elegy of Hywel ap Dafydd ap Ieuan ap Rhys on Ieuan ap Hywel Swrdwal . Two englynion , presumably composed by a son of his, Owain , are found in Pen. MS. 77 (319) .

Sources:

  • Jones and Lewis , Mynegai i Farddoniaeth y Llawysgrifau (1928) ;
  • Brogyntyn MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 4 (279);
  • Gwysaney MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 25 (92, 219);
  • NLW MSS 1578 (436); 3077 (71, 82, 183), 5268 (15, 39), 5269 (205, 219b), 6209 (369), 6499 (500, 554), 6511 (169b), 7191 (77b), 9169 (29), 13063 (44), 13064 (59), 13067 (12);
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg (1948) , 35-7.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959