Angharad 's father d. c. 1331 ( J. H. Davies , in Trans. Cymm. , 1907 , 68); in an official inquisition held on that occasion, sworn testimony was given to the effect that Angharad his heiress was 32 years of age; in 1333 it was testified that she was forty! She must therefore have been b. either in 1293 or in 1299 , and the birth of Ifor may be assigned to c. 1313 or 1319 at the earliest. He would, therefore, have fl. c. 1340-60 . It is known that his eldest brother, Morgan , d. before 1384 ( Clark , Limbus Patrum , 310), but there is no certainty as to when Ifor or his wife Nest , d.; the year 1380 is a suggestion only. In Pughe 's edition ( 1789 ) of the works of Dafydd ap Gwilym there were printed four cywyddau to Ifor Hael and three awdlau, one of the awdlau being an elegy upon his death and that of Nest . The authorship of this particular awdl is, however, not beyond doubt; Lewis Glyn Cothi in the 15th cent. believed that Dafydd ap Gwilym had predeceased his patron — ‘ Aeth Dafydd gwawdydd drwy gŵr/I Nefoedd o flaen Ifor .’ For a further consideration of the matter consult Williams and Roberts , Cywyddau Dafydd ap Gwilym , 1914 , xvii-xx, and for Bassaleg see B.B.C.S. , vii, 277 [and see further the article on Dafydd ap Gwilym ].
Sir Ifor Williams, D.Litt., Ll.D., F.B.A., F.S.A., (1881-1965), Pontlyfni
Published date: 1959