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HYWEL ap DAFYDD ap IEUAN ap RHYS ( HYWEL DAFI of Raglan , according to Pen. MS. 101 (262)) ( fl. c. 1450-1480 ), a poet

of whose work many examples remain in manuscript. These include a few religious and love poems, and a large number addressed in the standard convention to various members of the ruling families of his period in South Wales , e.g. Gruffudd ap Nicolas of Dynevor , Phylip ap Tomas of Llangoed in Brecknock , Rhys ap Siancyn of Glyn Nedd ( Neath ) and members of the Herbert family of Pembroke and Raglan . It appears from one of the two bardic controversies between him and Guto'r Glyn (q.v.) that he was family poet at Raglan . Other ymrysonau were composed between Bedo Brwynllys (q.v.) and Hywel , and also between Gruffudd ap Dafydd Fychan , Llywelyn Goch y Dant (qq.v.) and Hywel . According to Edward Jones (apparently on the authority of Rhys Cain ) he was an M.A. , author of a history of Britain in Latin and a history of Wales in Welsh , and possessor of well-written and valuable manuscripts. As yet no manuscript of his has been found. According to the Cambrian Biog. , Cymru (O.J.) , Blackwell , and Em. W. , the poet was a native of Aberdare , but no proof exists for this statement.

Sources:

  • Jones and Lewis , Mynegai i Farddoniaeth y Llawysgrifau (1928) ;
  • Ifor Williams and J. Llywelyn Williams , Gwaith Guto'r Glyn (1939) , 1939 , 160, 173;
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol (1875) ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852) ;
  • William Owen Pughe , The Cambrian Biography (1803) .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959