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GRUFFUDD , IFAN or IEUAN ( c. 1655 - c. 1734 ), poet ;

b. at Tŵr-gwyn , Tredraur (‘Troed-yr-aur’), Cards. , where he d., ‘being nearly 80 years of age.’ Between 1672 and 1722 he wrote a considerable number of carols of the type known as halsingod and in 1718 published, jointly with Samuel Williams (q.v.) of Llandyfrïog , a selection of them, bearing the title Pedwar o Ganuau . Only one of his cywyddau survives — the ‘ Cywydd i'r Iesu o gynnildeb wyneb yngwrthwyneb ’ printed in Meddylieu Neillduol ar Grefydd ( 1717 ). He produced a number of englynion and at least one ‘summer carol.’ We hear of him being present at the Machynlleth eisteddfod , 1702 , where he was lampooned by Siôn Rhydderch (q.v.) . Iaco ab Dewi (q.v.) wrote a poem in his honour, while Siencyn Thomas of Cwm-du and Alban Thomas of Blaen-porth (qq.v.) wrote elegies upon him.

Sources:

  • The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1946 ;
  • Benjamin Williams (Gwynionydd) , Enwogion Ceredigion , 1869 ;
  • Almanac Thomas Jones , 1704 , 1704 ;
  • Blodau Dyfed , 1824 , 1824 ;
  • Diliau'r Awen, sef, Crynodeb o Waith Awenyddol…Evan Thomas Rhys…ac eraill , 1842 , 1842 ;
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 133, 145;
  • NLW MS 19 (6).

Author:

Dr Geraint Bowen, M.A., Ruabon

Published date: 1959