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LEWIS ab EDWARD ( fl. c. 1560 ) a poet

who hailed from Bodfari, Denbs. Wiliam Thomas ab Edward , the scribe mentioned in Pen. MS. 112 (509) , is also associated with Bodfari . Lewis ab Edward was also known as Lewis Meirchion , but is often confused with Lewis Mon (q.v.) , a poet who fl. c. 1480-1527 . His elegy on the death of Edmund Llwyd of Glynllifon (d. 1541 ; see the article on that family) is possibly one of his early compositions. He was present at the wedding feast of Wiliam Llwyd ab Elisau of Rhiwaedog and Elizabeth , daughter of Owain ap Siôn of Llwydiarth , at Rhiwaedog , 20 Oct. 1555 , where, together with Simwnt Fychan and Siôn Tudur (qq.v.), he composed mocking englynion to Gruffudd Hiraethog (q.v.) who was the victim of buffoonery at the feast. He graduated as a pencerdd at the Caerwys eisteddfod of 1568 and thus belongs to the last generation of the great penceirddiaid . The date of his death is not known but he is included in the elegy on twenty poets and musicians attributed to both Wiliam Llŷn (d. 1580 ) (q.v.) , and Siôn Tudur (d. 1602 ) (q.v.) . His wit and learning are noted by the elegist. Many of his poems are addressed to members of the Bodeon , Cochwillan , Glynllifon , Llyweni , Plas Newydd , and Rhiwaedog families. His book of pedigrees is referred to in Pen. MSS. 133, 134 and 135 .


  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 81 (127), 121 (215), 147 (203);
  • N.L.W. Swansea Manuscript . 1 (215);
  • Jes. Coll. MS. at the Bodleian Library, Oxford 15 (380);
  • NLW MS 6496 (138);
  • Llanstephan Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 125 (32, 181);
  • J. C. Morrice , Barddoniaeth Wiliam Llyn (1908) ;
  • Y Llenor , i, 78-9.


Professor David James Bowen, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959