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IEUAN BRECHFA [ c. 1430 - 1500 ], poet and genealogist ;

a native of Brechfa, Carms. No details concerning him are known, but a number of his poems remain in manuscript, and part of a pedigree manuscript is apparently in his hand ( Pen. MS. 131 (199-308) ). Various other manuscripts contain references to his pedigree manuscript ( Pen. MSS. 128, 132, 133, 139, 140, 176 (v. R.W.M. ). An historical work, or ‘Brut,’ is attributed to him in Myv. Arch. Iorwerth Fynglwyd (q.v.) composed a series of englynion to him.

Sources:

  • Jones and Lewis , Mynegai i Farddoniaeth y Llawysgrifau , 1928 ;
  • Llanstephan Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 7 (1, 4, 7, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, 35, 38, 103, 161, 257, 351, 352);
  • NLW MSS 728 (5), 13064 (5);
  • Reports on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language . Historical Manuscripts Commission, 1898–1910 , I, ii, 786, 802, 803, 812, 826, 831-2, 880, 893, 978);
  • The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales , 1870 , 716;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol , 1875 ;
  • J. Davies , Antiquæ linguæ Britannicæ et linguæ Latinæ, dictionarium duplex , 1632 ;
  • [ The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion , 1948 , 356].

Author:

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

Published date: 1959