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WILLIAMS , WILLIAM ( fl. 1648-1677 ), author of Poetical Piety .

Little is known of this man beyond what he says himself in the dedication to Sir Thomas Pryse , Gogerddan, Cards. , of his book Poetical Piety: or Poetry made Pious … , printed for the author ‘at the White Swan in Black-Fryers near the King's Printing-house ,’ London , 1677 . He says that he was then ‘near Thirty’ years of age, that he had been born in the vicinity of Gogerddan , and that he knew Sir Thomas Pryse in the days of his infancy and of his majority. He emphasises that he is to be distinguished from another William Williams (‘he's Cornwal born and I am Cardigan ’), who also published a book in London in 1677 , viz. Divine Poems and Meditations, by William Williams of the county of Cornwall… when he was a prisoner in the King's-Bench .


  • The National Library of Wales Journal , i, 55-6;
  • Benjamin Williams (Gwynionydd) , Enwogion Ceredigion (1869) .


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959