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RAFF ap ROBERT ( fl. 1550 of Cilgwyn , Bachymbyd, Denbs. , ‘a free holder of Dyffryn Clwyd’ and a non-professional poet

( Jes. Coll. MS. 18 ) ( R.W.M. II, 88 ). His pedigree is given in Pen. MS. 134 (142-3) . As he composed an elegy on the death of Tudur Aled (c. 1526 ), and as another of his cywyddau is dated 1582 in one manuscript, it would appear that he lived to an advanced age; this is borne out in the elegy upon him by Siôn Tudur ( Llanst. MS. 166 (89) ). His work includes satirical englynion to Gruffudd Hiraethog and englynion in interchanges with Robin Clidro and Wiliam Llŷn . Edwart ap Raff was his son.

Sources:

  • Additional Manuscripts in the British Museum 14875, 14879, 14888, 14892, 14902, 14934, 14965-6, 14971-2, 14984, 14991, 14994;
  • Cardiff Manuscripts 7, 11, 12, 19, 63, 66, 84;
  • Havod Manuscript at Cardiff Central Library 10;
  • Jesus College Manuscripts 15;
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 46, 118, 133, 156, 165-6;
  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 129, 131, 144-5;
  • Panton Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 64;
  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 72, 89, 91, 93, 111, 115, 121, 313;
  • NLW MSS 253, 278, 356, 435-6, 552, 644, 675, 1553, 1560, 1578, 2692, 5272, 5283, 6209,6496, 7191;
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 20,200;
  • Esgair Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 1;
  • Gwysaney MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 25.

Author:

Miss Rhiannon Francis Roberts, M.A., (1923-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959