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IEUAN RUDD ( fl. 1470 ), a Glamorgan bard

who sang in the second half of the 15th cent. Two cywyddau by him survive, the one upon the marriage-feast of Sir Rhys ap Thomas (q.v.) and Sioned ( Janet ) , daughter of Thomas Mathew , of Radyr, Glam. , and the other to the ‘paderau main crisial’ (the crystal paternosters). There is a reference to him in a cywydd which Llywelyn Goch y Dant (q.v.) wrote c. 1470 to invite Ieuan ap Dafydd ap Ieuan ap Rhys to visit Tir Iarll and the district; in them he is described as a man ‘o Lyn Rhoddne Wlad’ — the first bard from that valley, as far as is known. The cywydd on the paternosters shows that he possessed considerable descriptive skill.


  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg (1948) , 1948 , 36, 38-9.


Emeritus Professor Griffith John Williams, M.A., (1892-1963), Gwaelod-y-garth, Cardiff

Published date: 1959