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LLYWELYN GOCH Y DANT ( fl. 1470-1471 ), a bard closely associated with Glamorgan .

He took the part of the Tir Iarll bards in the controversy which followed Hywel ap Dafydd ap Ieuan ap Rhys 's elegy upon the death of Hywel Swrdwal (q.v.) about 1470 and in his contribution to this contention he names eight contemporary Glamorgan bards , including himself. He eulogised Sir Roger Vaughan of Tretower (see the article on the family) at the height of his power, and wrote his elegy when he was beheaded by Jasper Tudor , earl of Pembroke , at Chepstow , in 1471 — this elegy contains a violent attack upon Jasper Tudor . He also wrote an awdl , in unusual metres, upon the abbey of Neath . And that is all that survives of his compositions. Ieuan Du'r Bilwg (q.v.) describes him in a cywydd as a chief-of-song and an outstanding composer of poems in praise of men . Lewis Glyn Cothi suggests, in a poem to John ap David ( Works , 108), that he spent much of his time at Kilvey .


  • N.L.W. Gwysaney MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 38;
  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg (1948) , 37-8.


Evan David Jones, F.S.A., (1903-87), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959