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RHYS NANMOR ( fl. 1480-1513 ), poet ), a native of Merioneth (though Nanmor is now in Caernarvonshire .

His genealogy is found in Pen. MS. 268 (585) , and Dwnn , ii, 284; there he is described as a ‘ penkerdd ,’ i.e. a member of the highest order of bards, and ‘ab Maredudd ab Ieuan ab Dafydd Tudur ,’ etc. Rhys 's mother was Nest , daughter of Owen ap Ierwerth . He is said to have been a pupil of Dafydd Nanmor (q.v.) , but there is no evidence that they were related. He was primarily a ‘ family poet ’ to Sir Rhys ap Thomas (q.v.) , and wrote in his honour between 1485 and 1513 . There is no evidence of any composition of his after 1513 . He wrote an elegy on prince Arthur , the eldest son of Henry VII , in 1502 , and an awdl to welcome Henry VIII to the throne in 1509 . Lewis Môn (d. 1527 , q.v.) wrote an elegy on him. It is said that Rhys Nanmor lived at Maenor Fynyw , that is, S. Davids . There is no record of his living in North Wales .


  • ‘Barddoniaeth Llawdden a Rhys Nanmor’ (M.A. thesis by Mary Headley , 1938 , in N.L.W.).


Mary Gwendoline Ellis, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959