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SEISYLL BRYFFWRCH ( fl. 1155 - 1175 ), poet .

The earliest known event in his career is the bardic contest against Cynddelw for the office of chief court poet to Madog ap Maredudd , prince of Powys (d. 1160 ) (q.v.) . The englynion of this contest are to be found in the Hendreg. MS. (71b-72a) and in the Myv. Arch. (154a) Seisyll declares in one of these englynion that he is of the stock of Culfardd , who is probably to be identified with the ‘ Culfardd hardd hen ’ mentioned by Iolo Goch ( I.G.E. , xvii, 36). Seisyll sang elegiac odes on the death of Owain Gwynedd (q.v.) , and of Iorwerth Drwyndwn (q.v.) , a son of that prince , and father of Llywelyn the Great . This second elegy is a main source of our scanty knowledge of Iorwerth (see Lloyd , Hist. W. , 549-50). This poet also sang the praises of the ‘lord’ Rhys in a poem where he refers to the strife against the five Norman lords in 1159 , and to other events in Rhys 's career as late as the fighting in Cyfeiliog in 1167 and in Brecknock in 1168 .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959