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HOPE , WILLIAM ( fl. 1765 ), ‘ y Bardd Byddar ’ (‘ the deaf poet ’),

of the township of Mostyn , Whitford, Flints. The dates of his birth and death are not known. All that is known of him is derived from an anthology of Welsh poetry by bards of the counties of Flint and Denbigh which he published in 1765 under the title Cyfaill i'r Cymro . The book (148 pp.) was printed at Chester by Read and Huxley , and was sold in Flintshire by W. Hope . This suggests that he was an itinerant bookseller in that county. His own contribution to the book consisted of two englynion , a preface, a carol for 1764, a poem against avarice, and a poem in praise of poets. At the end of his section of the volume he calls himself ‘William Hope, or the deaf poet.’ The entry of the book under the year 1769 in Cambrian Bibliography is almost certainly a duplication of the entry under 1765 and is a second edition of the work.


  • Cambrian Bibliography (Llanidloes, 1869) under 1765 , 17 and 1769 , 4;
  • Y Cymro 10 Sept. 1930 ;
  • Cymru (O.M.E.) , 1925 , 109-13;
  • R. T. Williams , Cymeriadau Hynod Sir Fflint (1886) , 1886 .


Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959