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LEWYS ap HYWEL (or POWEL ) ( fl. c. 1560-1600 ), poet .

No details concerning him are available, but from the fact that the subjects of his poetry of praise and elegy were mainly persons from Denbighshire and Flintshire it is probable that the poet himself was a native of that part of Wales . A number of his poems remain in MSS., and these include cywyddau addressed to William Mostyn of Mostyn , Pierce Mostyn of Talacre , William Holland of Hendre fawr , and an awdl to Thomas Pryse of S. Asaph ; two religious poems, one of them being anti-Papist in treatment, also remain.


  • Additional Manuscripts in the British Museum 14875, 14906, 24980;
  • Cardiff Manuscript 11;
  • Gwysaney MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 25;
  • Jes. Coll. MS. at the Bodleian Library, Oxford 16;
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 49, 122;
  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 129, 145;
  • NLW MSS 435, 1559;
  • Peniarth Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 75; Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852) ;
  • ‘ Gweirydd ap Rhys ,’ Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1300–1650 (1885) .


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

Published date: 1959