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SION LEIAF , ‘ Syr ’ ( fl. c. 1480 ), poet and cleric ;

son of Ieuan ap Gruffudd Leiaf (q.v.) of Denbighshire , and a descendant of Owain Gwynedd ( Pen. MS. 127 (20) ). No details regarding his life are known, but a number of his poems remain in manuscript. These include two religious poems, one being a confession and the other a poem on the vernicle, a poem in praise of Richard Kyffin , dean of Bangor , a love poem, and another to the owl. (The last one is attributed in various other manuscripts to Dafydd ap Gwilym , and also to Robert Leiaf , a relative of Syr Siôn ).

Sources:

  • Mostyn MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 129 (220);
  • Gwysaney MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 25 (196);
  • Cardiff Manuscripts 7 (766), 47 (197);
  • Llanstephan Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 125 (151);
  • Peniarth Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 76 (136).

Author:

Miss Ray Looker, (Mrs Ray Morgan), Cardiff / Rhymni

Published date: 1959