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IEUAN LLAFAR ( fl. c. 1594-1610 ), poet ,

a native apparently of Glyn Ceiriog, Denbs. Nothing is known about him, but a number of cywyddau and englynion composed by him, c. 1594 to 1610 , have survived. He wrote poems to various contemporary North Wales gentry, including Owain Holant of Plas Berw , Anglesey , Hwmffrai ap Huw of Gwerclys , Rhobert Wyn of Foelas , Edwart ap Dafydd of Rhiwlas , Edwart ap Morus of Llansilin , Owain Bruwtwn ( Brereton ) of Bwras ( Borras ), Huw Morus ap Ieuan of Cefn Hir and Siôn Eutun of Coed Llai ( Leeswood ). The following manuscripts contain examples of his poetry: B.M. Add. MS. 14879 ; Brogyntyn MS. 3 ; Cardiff MS. 12 ; Cwrtmawr MSS. 21, 127, 207 ; Jesus Coll. MS. 15 ; N.L.W. MS. 278 ; Pen. MSS. 72, 81, 84, 87, 93 .

Sources:

  • ‘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 ;
  • William Owen Pughe , The Cambrian Biography (later ) , 1803

Author:

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

Published date: 1959