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MORRIS , ROGER , of Coed-y-talwrn , Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd ( fl. 1590 ), transcriber of manuscripts .

Nothing is known of his private life. He wrote an exceptionally neat hand, and he had opportunities to copy some of the older Welsh manuscripts, e.g. the ‘ Black Book of Carmarthen ’ and the ‘ White Book of Rhydderch ,’ possibly through friendships with Jasper Griffith (q.v.) . His interests were wide and there remain of his transcription collections of lives of saints ( Llanst. 34 ), a botanology ( N.L.W. 4581 ), heraldic, genealogical, and historical texts in Welsh and English ( Mostyn 113 , Pen. 168 ), poetry ( Llanst. 9 , N.L.W. 1553 ), the Mabinogion and romances ( Mostyn 135 ), grammars ( Pen. 169 ), and anecdotes and miscellanea ( Llanwrin 1 ). It is obvious from references by other copyists that all his work has not survived. A notable feature of his writing is that he adopted the orthography of Dr. Gruffydd Robert (q.v.) , and under-dotted letters instead of doubling them. A number of his manuscripts had come into the possession of Thomas Evans , Hendreforfudd (q.v.) , by 1607 .

Sources:

  • Reports on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language . Historical Manuscripts Commission, 1898–1910 , and the manuscripts cited.

Author:

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

Published date: 1959