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ROBERT (ab) IFAN , or ROBERT IFANS ( fl. c. 1572-1603 ), poet ,

of a good family at Brynsiencyn , Anglesey . His genealogy is given in full in Pen. MS. 158 at the end of the interesting copy which he prepared for his own use (in May 1587 ) of the contents of the bardic grammars, etc.; there he states that his mother's name was Marged , daughter of Huw ap Rhys of Fysoglen ( Maesoglan ), and explains how his father, Ifan ap Wiliam , came to own land in Anglesey (yet neither father nor son would seem to have been paying subsidy). He addressed his poems chiefly to the gentry of Anglesey and Denbighshire , amongst others to the Salusburys of Lleweni ; elegies which he wrote for Katheryn of Berain (q.v.) and Siôn Tudur (q.v.) have also been preserved. Some of his work, in his own handwriting, is to be found in Christ Church MS. 184 (for a photostat copy see N.L.W. MSS. 6495-6 ) and in Pen. MS. 72 . ‘ Robert Ifan lan lonydd ’ is mentioned in Thomas Prys 's ‘ Cywydd i yrru yr Eryr at brydyddion i neges .’ ( J. Fisher , The Cefn Coch MSS. , 1899 , 23.)

Sources:

  • Gramadegau'r Penceirddiaid , 1934 , 1934 , xvi, 1, et passim ;
  • Llenyddiaeth Cymru o 1450 hyd 1600 , ii, 2, 80, iii, 3, 144, 158;
  • Additional Manuscripts in the British Museum 14879, 14998;
  • Cardiff Manuscripts 21-2, 64;
  • Havod Manuscript at Cardiff Central Library 3;
  • Jesus College Manuscripts 15, 18;
  • Llanstephan MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 54, 122, 124-5;
  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 131, 147;
  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 75, 93, 124;
  • NLW MSS 435, 6494;
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 11, 312;
  • Brogyntyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 3, 6.

Author:

Miss Rhiannon Francis Roberts, M.A., (1923-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959