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HUW LLYN ( fl. c. 1552-1594 ), poet ,

and native of Llŷn , who graduated in the third bardic grade at the Caerwys eisteddfod of 1568 — Pen. MS. 132 (59) . It appears that he may have been a brother of Wiliam Llŷn ( N.L.W. MSS. 1244 (28), 1580 (308) , B.B.C.S. , ix, 112, etc.). According to Myrddin Fardd , J. E. Griffith , and J. C. Morrice , he was the squire Huw ap Rhisiart ap Dafydd (q.v.) of Cefn Llanfair , but there is no proof that they were the same person. Some of Huw Llŷn 's poetry remains, and this includes poems to Walter Devereux ( earl of Essex ) , Henry Rowland ( bishop of Bangor ) , Simon Thelwall of Plas y Ward , and to the South Walians Thomas Vaughan ( Pembrey ), Gruffudd Dwnn ( Ystrad Merthyr ) , William and George Owen ( Henllys ) , and John Lloyd ( Cilgwyn ). A bardic controversy occurred between him and Siôn Mawddwy , and another between him and Wiliam Cynwal and four other poets , Wiliam Llŷn , Ieuan Tew , Siôn Phylip and Hywel Ceiriog . An example of his handwriting is found in Llanst. MS. 40 (149-156) .

Sources:

  • Additional Manuscript in the British Museum 14894;
  • Stowe Manuscript 959;
  • Cardiff Manuscripts 52, 63, 84;
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 3, 216;
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 40, 133;
  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1, 144, 145;
  • NLW MS 8330;
  • ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies , ix, 112;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol , 1875 ;
  • J. Davies , Antiquæ linguæ Britannicæ et linguæ Latinæ, dictionarium duplex , 1632 ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen , 1852 ;
  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families , 1914 , 224;
  • J. C. Morrice , Barddoniaeth Wiliam Llyn , 1908 ;
  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Cynfeirdd Llyn, 1500-1800 sef casgliad o ganiadau Wiliam Lleyn , Pwllheli, 1905 , 149;
  • William Owen Pughe , The Cambrian Biography (later ) , 1803 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959