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IEUAN ap HYWEL SWRDWAL ( fl. 1430-1480 ), poet ,

son of the poet Hywel Swrdwal (q.v.) . Both were associated with the Cydewain district of Powys and with Newtown . They are reputed to have lived for a time at Machynlleth . Among the poems attributed to Ieuan is an awdl to the Virgin Mary written in English but using the strict metres and orthography of Welsh . Its title is ‘ Owdyl i Fair a wnaeth kymbro yn Rhudychen ’ etc. and its first line — ‘O meichti ladi our leding tw haf.’ Elegies to him were written by Hywel ap Dafydd ap Ieuan ap Rhys , Llywelyn Goch y Dant and Gruffydd ap Dafydd Fychan (qq.v.). There is a tradition that he, like his father, wrote a history of Wales from the time of Cadwaladr to that of Henry VI , but the work is not extant.


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) ;
  • NLW MS 9261.
  • [Detailed discussion of the awdl in The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1955 , 70-124, by E. J. Dobson .]


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959