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HYWEL CILAN ( fl. c. the end of the 15th cent. ), a poet

of whose work many examples remain in manuscript. It appears that he was a native of Edeirnion ; Cwrtmawr MS. 454 (140) states that he was from Llandderfel ; Owen Jones gives him as the owner of Llawr y Cilan in Llandrillo — thus providing a possible explanation for the poet 's name. The large majority of his poems are addressed to members of various landed families of North Wales , including Presaddfed , Llwydiarth ( Anglesey ), Deuddwr , Rhug , Moelyrch , and Rhiwlas .


  • Jones and Lewis , Mynegai i Farddoniaeth y Llawysgrifau (1928) ;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol (1875) ;
  • J. Davies , Antiquæ linguæ Britannicæ et linguæ Latinæ, dictionarium duplex (1632) ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Owen , The Cambrian Biography (1803) .


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

Published date: 1959