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RHISIART FYNGLWYD , poet , fl. 1510-1570 ,

son of Iorwerth Fynglwyd (q.v.) , and poetic tutor to Dafydd Benwyn (q.v.) . He was also known as Rhisiart Iorwerth . Although his father was a native of S. Bride's Major , Rhisiart lived in Tir-Iarll . In his youth he composed love poems in cywydd metre, and later he sang panegyrics in the strict metres to members of leading families, mainly in Glamorgan , Carmarthen , and Brecknock . These poems include several to members of the Dwnn family, particularly to Gruffudd Dwnn of Ystrad Merthyr , and Harry , his son. Rhisiart Fynglwyd was feasting at Ystrad Merthyr at Whitsuntide 1531 and 1533 , and on S. Davids Day 1536 and 1537 , and was in Sir George Herbert 's home in Swansea about 1543 . Professor G. J. Williams suggests that perhaps his most interesting poem is his cywydd of intercession between Sir George Herbert and Edward Mansel , and maintains that this poet , who outlived Lewys Morgannwg (q.v.) , was the last Glamorgan poet of significance during the period of strict metre poetry.


  • Elegy by Dafydd Benwyn in Llyfr Hir Llanharan , 131a;
  • R. F.'s poetry in many manuscripts in N.L.W., particularly Llanstephan Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 40;
  • E. Lhuyd , Archaeologia Britannica (1707) , 263;
  • J. Gwenogvryn Evans , Reports on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language (1898–1910) , ii, 499, etc.;
  • G. J. Williams , Traddodiad Llenyddol Morgannwg (1948) .


David Myrddin Lloyd, M.A., (1909-81), Aberystwyth / Scotland

Published date: 1959