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ROBERTS , CADWALADR (d. 1708/9 ), poet ,

of Cwmllech Uchaf , Pennant Melangell, Mont. He was a contemporary of Huw Morys , and the dialogue poem concerning matrimony, jointly composed by them, shows that they were close acquaintances. He also composed some five nativity carols ; one of these was published by David Jones of Trefriw in Blodeu-Gerdd Cymry . His satire on smallpox is also included in that volume. His poem begging a harp of Wiliam Llwyd , Llangedwyn , for Siôn Prys is of social interest ( Cwrtmawr MS. 128 (122) ). ‘ Llyfr Cadwaladr Roberts, 1676 ’ ( Cwrtmawr MS. 227 ), is his anthology of poetry by some of his contemporaries, including Huw Morys and Edward Morris . The tunes to which he wrote are frequently noted in the manuscripts. He was a very mediocre poet , and his poetry contains a profusion of colloquial forms. His burial on 14 Feb. 1708/9 is recorded in the bishops’ transcripts for Pennant Melangell . A cottage in Cwmllech has ‘C.R. 1665’ carved above one of its windows. Some say that he was of the Roberts family of Branas in Edeirnion .


  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies (1894) ;
  • D. Jones , Blodeu-Gerdd Cymry (1759) ;
  • Bishops’ transcripts for Pennant Melangell (diocese of S. Asaph) in N.L.W.;
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 122, 128, 227;
  • N.L.W. Wynnstay Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 5 (10, 53, 80, 84, 89, 107);
  • Collections Historical and Archaeological relating to Montgomeryshire , xii, 67, 81;
  • An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire. 1 - County of Montgomery (1911) , 108;
  • Eos Ceiriog, sef Casgliad o Bêr Ganiadau (1823) , 1823 ;
  • Lloyd papers, 59 (in U.C.N.W., Bangor);
  • information supplied by Dr. T. Richards , Bangor.


Professor David James Bowen, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959