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WATCYN CLYWEDOG ( fl. c. 1630-1650 ), poet .

About fifty of his cywyddau are extant in manuscript, as well as numerous englynion . His literary patrons were spread throughout the counties of Anglesey , Caernarvon , and Denbigh , and included members of the families of Berth-ddu , Bodfel , Bodwrda , Hendre-fawr , Llannor , Llwydiarth , Plas-y-ward , and Saethon . The greater part of his poetry is elegiac, but he also wrote eulogies, soliciting, and reconciliatory poems according to the conventional manner. One of his elegies was written on the death of colonel Richard Bulkeley of Baron Hill , killed in a duel with Thomas Cheadle on Lavan Sands , 19 Feb. 1649/50 . He also wrote a poem to a new house built by Dr. John Davies of Mallwyd in 1630 . His poetry bears testimony to the persistence of bardic patronage in these shires.


  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 104, 151;
  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 112, 165;
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 21;
  • Brogyntyn MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 4;
  • Nantglyn Manuscripts 2, 3;
  • NLW MSS 279, 431, 434, 5269, 5272, 6499, 8330;
  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) ;
  • N.L.W. Swansea Manuscript 1;
  • J. Fisher , The Cefn Coch MSS. two MSS. of Welsh poetry written principally during the 17th century (Liverpool, 1899)


Professor David James Bowen, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959