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IEUAN ap GRUFFUDD LEIAF ( fl. latter half of 15th cent. ), poet ;

member of a Denbighshire family, son of Gruffudd Leiaf ap Gruffudd Fychan ap Gruffudd ap Dafydd Goch , and a descendant of Owain Gwynedd ( Pen. MS. 127 (19) ). Some examples of his work remain in manuscript, including cywyddau and awdlau to members of the Penrhyn and Nanconwy families, vaticinatory and religious poems, a poem on Aberconwy , a satire on the Llugwy river for hindering the poet while journeying to Penrhyn , and a short bardic controversy, or ymryson , composed between Guto'r Glyn and himself. ( Gwaith Guto'r Glyn , 17, and Pen. MS. 99 (624) ). Poetry written by his father, his son Syr Siôn Leiaf (q.v.) , and also by RHOBERT (probably his son or uncle) is also found in manuscript.

Sources:

  • Jones and Lewis , Mynegai i Farddoniaeth y Llawysgrifau , 1928 ;
  • Ifor Williams and J. Llywelyn Williams , Gwaith Guto'r Glyn , 1939 , 1939 ;
  • ‘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 ;
  • Gweirydd ap Rhys , Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1300–1650 , 1885 ;
  • William Owen Pughe , The Cambrian Biography (later ) , 1803 . (the dates given in the two latter works are too late);
  • Edward Davies , Traethawd ar Enwogion Swydd Feirion, hen a diweddar, yn gelfyddydwyr, beirdd, gwyddonwyr, pregethwyr , Caernarfon, 1870 , 1870 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959