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PRYS , JOHN PRICHARD ( fl. c. 1704-1721 ), poet , of Eglwys-ael ( Llangadwaladr ) in Anglesey .

Some of his work remains in manuscripts, including englynion addressed to T. Jones in reply to englynion by the latter in his Almanac for 1704 , and a number of free-metre poems on themes of love, religion, and morality. A collection of some of his religious poems, entitled Difyrwch Crefyddol , was published in 1721 . One of his carols is the first of Dwy o Gerddi Duwiol (see J. H. Davies , Bibliog. of Welsh Ballads ).


  • Cwrtmawr Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 70 (13), 128 (359, 445);
  • John Prichard Prys , Difyrwch Crefyddol Neu Lyfr o Ganiadau Newyddion Ar Destynau 'Scrythyrol' (1721) , 1721 ;
  • Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1651–1850 (1893) ;
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • J. H. Davies , A Bibliography of Welsh Ballads printed in the 18th century (1908-11) ;
  • The Letters of Lewis, Richard, William, and John Morris, of Anglesey, (Morrisiaid Môn) 1728-1765 (1907–9) and Additional Letters of the Morrises of Anglesey (1735-86). Y Cymmrodor , xlix, (1947-9) (= Y Cymmrodor , xlix), indexes.


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

Published date: 1959