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JAMES , ANGHARAD ( fl. 1680?-1730? ), poet ,

lived at Y Parlwr , Penanmaen , Dolwyddelan . Some particulars concerning her are given by Owen Thomas in the first chapter of Cofiant John Jones, Tal-y-Sarn ; he says that she was the daughter of James Davies and Angharad Humphreys , Gelli Ffrydau , Llandwrog, Caerns. , that she received a good education, in the course of which she learned Latin , was proficient as a harpist , was a poet , and that when she was 20 years of age she m. William Prichard who was then aged 60. John Jones of Tal-y-sarn ( 1796 - 1857 ) (q.v.) was her great-grandson through her eldest daughter Catherine , and her great-great-grandson through her youngest daughter Gwen . One of her poems takes the form of a dialogue between her and her sister Margared as to the choice of a husband, the one advocating the choosing of a young man and the other an older one. Examples of her work are preserved in the manuscripts listed below.

Sources:

  • NLW MSS 9 and 436;
  • Glyn Davies Manuscript at the National Library of Wales 25 (N.L.W.);
  • Tanycastell Manuscript at the National Library of Wales 13 (N.L.W.).

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959