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OWAIN GWYNEDD ( fl. c. 1550-1590 ), a poet

who graduated as pencerdd cerdd dafod at the Caerwys eisteddfod of 1568 ( Pen. MSS. 121 (215), 132 (60), 144 (268) ). No details are known concerning his life, but a large number of his poems remain in manuscripts. Most of these are addressed to various members of landed families in North Wales , including Lewys Owain of Dolgelley and his sons, Siôn Owain Fychan of Llwydiarth , Siôn Salbri of Llyweni , Dafydd Llwyd ap Wiliam of Peniarth , and Dafydd Llwyd ap Huw ab Ifan of Ynys y Maengwyn . He composed an elegy to the poet SirOwain ap Gwilym , and poems of ymryson , or controversy, to Wiliam Llŷn , and to Hugh Arwystl ; he also wrote religious poems, a poem on the snow, and a number of various englynion , which include one composed by him when on his sick bed.

Sources:

  • Aberdare MS 1;
  • Bodewryd MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1, 2;
  • Additional Manuscripts in the British Museum 12230, 14874, 14875, 14878, 14879, 14882, 14971, 14976, 14998, 24980;
  • Brogyntyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 4, 5, 6;
  • Cardiff Manuscripts 12, 16, 19, 23, 48, 53, 63, 64, 65, 66, 83;
  • Christ Church College, Oxford, Manuscript 184;
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 5, 10, 12, 19, 23, 27, 127, 206, 224, 238, 242, 244, 448, 454;
  • Hafod Manuscripts 12, 13;
  • Jesus College Manuscripts 12, 15;
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 30, 35, 40, 49, 53, 54, 118, 120, 133, 155, 156, 167;
  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 96, 144, 147, 160;
  • NLW MSS 244, 253, 278, 356, 431, 436, 643, 675, 719, 783, 1024, 1246, 1247, 1553, 1559, 2691, 5269, 6496, 6499, 7191, 8330, 13064, 13067;
  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 78, 82, 87, 92, 93, 95, 96, 97, 100, 104, 110, 112, 114, 121. 132, 144, 184, 195, 239, 327;
  • Swansea Manuscripts 1, 3;
  • Wrexham Manuscript at the National Library of Wales 1;
  • ‘Dictionary of Welsh Biography.’ 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol , 1875 ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen , 1852

Author:

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

Published date: 1959