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HUW BODWRDA or HUW ap RICHARD ap SION ap MADOG , of Bodwrda, Caerns. ( fl. 1566 ), gentleman, bard, and patron of bards .

Two cywyddau by him survive in which he engages in mock controversy with Ieuan (Ifan) Dylyniwr , harpist (q.v.) ; he also wrote an englyn urging the bards who came to Bodwrda to write to the ‘Worthyes’ on the partition in the Tŷ Canol at Bodwrda . It is fairly certain that he kept a family bard and a family harpist at his home. From the elegy upon him, composed by Wiliam Llŷn (q.v.) it would appear that he was buried on Bardsey Island . He was the father of the John Wyn ap Hugh who was accused, by one Morgan ab Ieuan , of piracy in and around Bardsey ( c. 1567 ).


  • Yr Herald Cymraeg (a'r Genedl) , 29 Aug., 5 and 12 Sept. 1938 ;
  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Cynfeirdd Llyn, 1500-1800 sef casgliad o ganiadau Wiliam Lleyn (Pwllheli, 1905) ;
  • Cefnamlwch Deeds at the University of North Wales, Bangor (U.C.N.W.);
  • D. D. Williams Manuscript ;
  • Star Chamber Proceedings, Caerns., 5 Eliz. 18/1.


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

Published date: 1959