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MORGAN ELFAEL ( fl. c. 1528-1541 ), poet .

A number of his poems remain in manuscript including some written to members of South Wales landed families, Sir John Mathew of Radur (Radyr) , Sioned , the daughter of Sir Thomas Philipps of Picton castle , and Lewys Gwynn of Tref Esgob . A number of his poems to Gruffudd Dwn (of Ystrad Merthyr ) and his family are also found, two of them being in holograph ( Llanst. MS. 40 (73, 74) ).

He was buried at Presteigne , 25 Aug. 1563 . See F.G. Payne , Crwydro Sir Faesyfed , II, 17.

Sources:

  • Cardiff Manuscripts 7, 13;
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 7, 40, 133, 134;
  • Merthyr Tydfil Manuscript ;
  • NLW MSS 970, 1591, 6511, 13062;
  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 79, 114.
  • The dates given him in ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 , Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen , 1852 and William Owen Pughe , The Cambrian Biography (later ) , 1803 , are too late.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959