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HUW LLIFON ( fl. c. 1570-1607 ), poet and sexton

of Llanefydd, Denbs. Some of his work remains in manuscripts and this includes religious englynion , a cywydd to the Holly Tree at Meifod , another begging a gown for the poet from David Holland of Kinmel , and an elegy upon the death in 1607/8 of Ffowc ap Rhobert of Meiriadog, Denbs. It is evident that he lived to a fairly great age; references to this are found in the last two of these poems, and also in two englynion addressed to him by Lewis Lloyd . No details of his life are known.


  • Cardiff Manuscript 23 (413);
  • NLW MSS 644 (33b), 836 (39), 1578 (459, 463, 466);
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol (1875) ;
  • ‘ Gweirydd ap Rhys ,’ Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1300–1650 (1885) .


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

Published date: 1959