Scope and Content

Miscellaneous papers containing lists, notes, etc., in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') bound together in one volume. The contents are extremely varied and include miscellaneous series of Welsh triads including series with the superscriptions 'Trioedd Ieuan ap Hywel Swrdwal', 'Trioedd o Lyfr Esaia Pywel sef Trioedd Llelo Llawdrwm', 'Trioedd Iaith ac Ymadrodd Iorwerth Fynglwyd', 'Trioedd Dwyfolaeth', 'Trioedd athronddysg', 'Trioedd Serch Dafydd Morganwg Bardd Ifor Hael', and 'Trioedd Esaia Powel' (pp. 1-3, 12, 14-15, 18, 24, 26, 28, 30-33, 35, 54-5, 83); lists of Welsh words sometimes with English definitions (pp. 10, 81-2, 86-7, 91-2, 101, 103, 105-06, 115-16, 120, 127, 129-33, 138, 149-52, 157- 203, 244-5, 251-4); lists of Welsh proverbs and proverbial expressions including one list headed 'Meteorological and Terracultural proverbs in Glamorgan' (pp. 28, 69-72, 77-80, 107-08, 113-14, 260-61); notes relating to the order of Welsh bards and musicians (pp. 6-7); a copy of an English poem with the superscription 'Bardic Institutes Written at Carn Moesen an ancient Druidical pile on the top of Craig y Llynn Mawr, a high mountain in the northern part of Glamorgan in Wales' (pp. 20-22); miscellaneous genealogical notes (pp. 39-42); lists [of Glamorgan relevance] headed 'Tai Cre[fydd]' (p. 47), 'Hen Gaste[lloedd] . . . Morgan' (pp.48-9), 'Llysoed[d]' (p.50), 'Hen Drefydd' (p.50), 'Glamorgan Topography' (p. 52), 'Beirdd Morganwg' (p. 56), 'Villages in Glamorgan wherein Town Halls and Market houses are still standing and kept up in good repair. They were originally used for holding markets and Baronial Courts of the Lords Marchers, now the hall is used as a school room, for dancing, . . .' (pp. 64-5), 'Present Market Towns' (p. 65), 'Antiquities in Glam[organ]' (p. 66), and 'Old names in Glamorgan' (p. 98); a short list of the names of Welsh bards, 12th - 17th cent. (p. 53); Welsh stanzas with the superscription 'Bedd bennillion a gant I. Mg.' (p. 58); notes relating to a reputed attempt by King Arthur to regulate the rules relating to armorial bearings (p. 68); a chronological list of events in British / Welsh history, 5th - 6th cent. ( pp. 73-6); Welsh verse with the superscription 'Hen ddiarhebion ar fesur dyri gan Iolo Morganwg' (p. 77); two short Cornish-Silurian lists of words (pp. 85, 88); the first lines of thirty nine 'awdlau' and 'cywyddau' ? attributed to the poet Iolo Goch 'yn Llyfr R. Jones' (pp. 96-7); 'Deuddeg Cynneddf Doethineb' (p. 117); notes relating to the poet Rhys Goch ap Rhiccart and his possible imbibing of Norman - French poetic influences ( pp. 121-2); a brief note on the 'stile and dialect and idiom' of the Welsh bards (p. 128); notes relating mainly to the Glam[organ] system and the North Wales system [of Welsh strict metres] (pp. 136-7); an incomplete account of ? rules and regulations reputedly drawn up by King Arthur at a conference at Caerleon for regulating the conduct, etc., of the Welsh bardic order (pp. 225-8); notes headed 'Llyma'r Drefn a wnaeth yr Amherawdr Arthur ar Fonhedd ag Anfonedd yr hon drefn y dylai bob bardd ei gwybod . . .' (pp. 229-34); notes relating to successive Welsh princes, etc., who had drawn up or revised codes for regulating the conduct, etc., of the Welsh bards and musicians (p. 235); miscellaneous notes relating to Welsh bardism and strict metres (pp. 236-40, 264); miscellaneous extracts of varying length from the works of various Welsh poets sometimes to provide examples of specific words (pp. 241-56); and extracts 'Ex Cwtta Cyfarwydd o Forganwg' listing the cantrefi and cymydau of Glamorgan (p. 262). In one instance the blank dorse and margins of a printed pamphlet bearing the superscription 'An Affectionate Address to Colliers, Miners, and Labouring People', 1785 (pp. 61-2, 67-8) have been used for writing notes, and in two other instances notes have been written on leaves bearing two poems entitled 'War' and 'Liberty' attributed to Morgan Williams, 1821 (pp. 109-12) and a poem entitled 'Picture of a Good Man' attributed to Edward Martin, 1818 (pp. 101-02, 119-20).


Title based on contents.

Formerly known as Llanover C. 30.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 13117E.

Other Finding Aids

The description is also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IV (Aberystwyth, 1971).

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