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IEUAN GETHIN ap IEUAN ap LLEISION ( fl. c. 1450 ), poet and gentleman , of Baglan, Glam. .

A descendant of the family of Caradog ap Iestyn ap Gwrgant . According to some genealogists (e.g. Gruffudd Hiraethog in Pen. MS. 178, i, 43 ) he m. the daughter of Tomas ab Ifor Hael . Bards from North and South Wales were entertained at his court at Baglan , and two cywyddau addressed to him remain in manuscript, one by Ieuan Ddu ap Dafydd ab Owain , and the other by Iorwerth Fynglwyd . A large number of his own poems remain, including a cywydd in praise of Owain Tudur of Penmynydd during his imprisonment at Newgate , an elegiac cywydd on the death of his children, along with a diatribe against the plague which killed them, a cywydd to his son, and an awdl to one of his daughters. Apparently the account given by Iolo Morganwg of the poet 's part in a Glamorgan campaign in support of Owain Glyndwr , his escape to Anglesey , and his return from there on payment of a fine, is fictitious.


  • Jones and Lewis , Mynegai i Farddoniaeth y Llawysgrifau (1928) ;
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol (1875) ;
  • J. Davies , Antiquæ linguæ Britannicæ et linguæ Latinæ, dictionarium duplex (1632) ;
  • Iolo Manuscripts. A selection of Ancient Welsh Manuscripts … from the collection made by Edward Williams, Iolo Morganwg (1848) ;
  • G. J. Williams , Iolo Morganwg a Chywyddau'r Ychwanegiad (1926) , 111;
  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg (1948) ;
  • J. Morgan Williams , ‘The Works of some Fifteenth Century Glamorgan Bards’ (M.A. thesis, University of Wales, 1923 ).


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

Published date: 1959