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HUW CEIRIOG ( fl. c. 1560-1600 ), poet ,

and native of Denbighshire who graduated in the fourth bardic grade at the Caerwys eisteddfod of 1568 ( Pen. MS. 132 (59) ). Some of his poems remain in manuscript, and these include light-hearted cywyddau on love and nature, others written to Simon Thelwall of Plas y Ward , John Salusbury of Llyweni (elegy), and one in praise of Plas Moelyrch . He also wrote an englyn on the above-mentioned eisteddfod. The following manuscripts contain examples of his work: B.M. Add. MS. 14894 ; Cardiff MS. 63 ; Llanst. MS. 118 ; Mostyn MS. 145 ; N.L.W. MSS. 6496, 8330 ; Peniarth MSS. 84, 104 .

The name Hywel Ceiriog appears instead of Huw in some manuscript lists of the 1568 Caerwys graduate poets (e.g. Pen. MSS. 121 (215), 144 (268) ); and a bardic controversy occurred between Hywel Ceiriog , Wiliam Llŷn , Ieuan Tew and Siôn Phylip , and the two poets, Wiliam Cynwal and Huw Llŷn ( Mostyn MS. 1 (455) ; N.L.W. MS. 675 (24b) ). The connection between these two names has not yet been established.

Sources:

  • ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen , 1852 ;
  • Gweirydd ap Rhys , Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1300–1650 , 1885 ;
  • William Owen Pughe , The Cambrian Biography (later ) , 1803 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959