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HARRI MASTR or ‘Syr’ HARRI ( 15th cent. ), poet ,

of Kidwelly, Carms. He was apparently in holy orders , but no proof has yet been found to support the statement that he was the parson of Llandyfaelog . His name is given as Harri (ap) Hywel in some manuscripts, including Havod MS. 3 , SyrHarri ap Rhys in N.L.W. MS. 566 , while Cwrtmawr MS. 200 gives him as ( Mastr ) Harri ap Hywel alias Harri Hir . Some of his poetry is found in manuscripts, including poems addressed to Ieuan Tew Brydydd Ieuanc (q.v.) . Two bardic controversies, or ymrysonau , occurred between the two poets, Ieuan 's professed love for a maiden in his old age being the occasion for the first; the second commences with an accusation made by Mastr Harri against Ieuan of taking more than his fair share of the wheat.


  • Jones and Lewis , Mynegai i Farddoniaeth y Llawysgrifau (1928) ;
  • Brogyntyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1 (312), 2 (497);
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 200 (113, 118);
  • Gwysaney MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 25 (58);
  • NLW MSS 552 (44b), 566 (80b), 643 (126b), 5265 (11b), 5269 (133b), 5272 (78), 6511 (150), 6681 (188), 11816 (30);
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol (1875) .


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

Published date: 1959