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HOWEL , HARRI ( fl. 1637-1671 ), bard ;

son of Howel ap Siôn Ieuan of the parish of Dolgelley , also a bard . He was contemporary with Gruffydd Phylip ( see Phylipiaid Ardudwy ) and sang to many of the families to whom that bard sang. On the evidence of the eighteen (or so) cywyddau by him which survive, Harri Howel sang to members of houses ranging from Bodwrdda ( west Caerns. ) , Gwaenynog and Llwyn Ynn (in the vale of Clwyd ) , to Nannau and Hafod Dywyll (near Dolgelley ) and to Dolau-gwyn near Towyn, Mer. It is probable that, like Siôn Phylip ( see Phylipiaid Ardudwy ), he farmed his own land — there survives to this day a ‘ Ffridd Harri Howel ’ on the borders of the parishes of Dolgelley and Llanfachreth . He composed an elegy on the death of John Myddelton , Gwaenynog , in 1637 and a cywydd on the marriage of Robert Owen , parson of Llangelynnin, Mer. , 1671 .

Sources:

  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 130 (203), 147 (650, 663, 667, 669), 165 (121);
  • Wrexham Manuscript at the National Library of Wales 3 (97, 121, 136);
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 123 (474), 38 (180), 124 (647);
  • NLW MS 434 (17);
  • Havod Manuscript at Cardiff Central Library 3 (306), 12 (37);
  • Manuscripts in the possession of Mr Robert Owen, Croesor

Author:

Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959