• This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 210 NLW MS 13116B.
  • Alternative Id.
      (alternative) vtls004989011
  • Dates of Creation
      [1785x1826] /
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English, Welsh, Latin.
  • Physical Description
      450 pp. (two unnumbered pages between pp. 141 and 142; pp. 163-165 occurring twice; pp. 300-307 omitted; two unnumbered pages between pp. 342 and 343).
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

A composite volume containing a miscellany of literary and historical material, etc., in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') including pp. 1-13, an outline plan drawn up by Edward Williams in 1806 for setting up a committee and employing paid research workers with a view to publishing 'A Complete and Superb History of the County of Glamorgan' (see also NLW MSS 13103B, 13114B above); 17-22, brief topographical and historical notes on Glamorganshire; 25-33, notes on the princes of Glamorgan from the time of Morgan Mwynfawr to the time of Iestyn ab Gwrgan; 41-51, extracts from [John] Leland's Itinerary relating to cos. Glamorgan and Monmouth; 57-81, genealogical and historical extracts from Panton MS 15 (now NLW MS 1984A); 82-91, further genealogical data relating to the saints of Britain ('Bonedd Seint Ynys Prydain o Lyfr Mr. Elis'); 91-3, notes on the nine kings of Glywysyg 'sef y wlad a elwir y weith horn Cantref Gwaunllwg yrwng Afon Wysg . . . ac Afon Elerch' (see also NLW MS 13106B above); 93-4, two versions of an anecdote relating to Urien Rheged; 105-06 + 111-12, a printed copy of the resolutions of a committee of the Cambrian Society in Gwent held 10 May 1822 concerning arrangements for an 'eisteddfod'; 107-09, notes relating to two 'eisteddfodau' held at Carmarthen [?1451] and 1461; 113-15, a record of 'Remarkable frost in Britain', A.D. 220-1788; 117-29, notes headed 'Rural knowledge' containing miscellaneous information on a variety of topics, e.g. the growing of hawthorn hedges, manures, the making of carrot marmalade, the planting of potatoes, carrots, etc.; 131-3, anecdotes relating to Inigo Jones ? extracted from [Horace] Walpole: Anecdotes of Painting [in England]; 134- 41, copies of two letters, 1797, [from Edward Williams] to Sir Richard Hoare, Bart., Stourhead, Wiltshire, the first reciting a traditional story concerning the brothers William and Richard Twrch and the latter's work as a stonemason at Bewper (Beaupre) Castle [co. Glamorgan] (see also NLW MSS 13089E, 13103B above), and the second relating mainly to ancient memorial inscriptions at Lantwit Major including inscriptions on a stone unearthed by the writer in the churchyard there; 149-65, a transcript of notes relating to Saint Illtud, the ancient school and monastery founded at Llanilltud, and the abbots of the said monastery allegedly compiled by the Reverend David Nicholls in 1729 (see also NLW MS 13114B above); (continued)
163 (2) -74, further notes [? by Edward Williams] on Saint Illtud and the school and monastery at Llanilltud, and a transcript of the inscriptions on the 'Cross of Iltutus' at the said place, etc. (see again NLW MS 13114B above); 175-8, notes in English, in the hand of Taliesin Williams, on the nine kings of Glewiseg (see pp. 91-3 of the present manuscript); 183-4, an account of the division of Glamorgan between Syr Rhobert fab Amon and his twelve Norman knights (written on the blank verso of a printed sheet, 1797, proclaiming an 'eisteddfod' to be held in Caerwys [co. Flint] in 1798 under the patronage of Cymdeithas y Gwyneddigion); 188-201, extracts relating to members of various branches of the English peerage, e. g. earls of Gloucester, Worcester, Leicester, Pembroke, etc.; 204-26, an alphabetical list of names of persons (historical, pseudo-historical), names of places, elements in place-names, etc.; 228-31, notes relating to medieval lords of Gower; 234-5, genealogical data relating mainly to the Gawntlo family; 236-9, historical data relating to the lordship of Glamorgan ('Morganwg') in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; 248, an extract from a letter, 1698, from John Lloyd ap Huw from Bryn Blaen y Ddol, Meirionethshire, to Edward Llwyd of the [Ashmolean] Museum relating to stone circles and 'cistfeini' (see NLW MS 2029B); 248-55, miscellaneous extracts including names of ancient kings of Gwent, Glamorgan, Ercyng, Glewisig, and [Brycheiniog], notes on St. Illtud, etc.; 256-80, an alphabetical list of Welsh poets, 5th-late 17th cent., with dates when they flourished and occasional biographical notes extracted 'o Lyfr y diweddar Barchedig Mr. Dafydd Ellis o Amlwch ym Môn'; 280-85, addenda to the list contained in pp. 256-80; 286-7, notes headed 'Bonedd ag anfonedd' extracted from Panton MS 63 (now NLW MS 2029B); 287-9, further addenda to the list in pp. 256-80; 292-9, a copy of the words of a 'Song for the Glamorgan Volunteers . . . By Edward Williams' with notes on the text (see also NLW MS 13089E); 309, notes from Nennius relating to the 'origin of the Britons'; 316-18, brief notes on a few ancient inscriptions in Glamorganshire, Breconshire, etc.; 324-6, extracts from the Liber Landavensis; 332-3, proposals for publishing 'Traethawd ar Areithyddiaeth o Saesneg y Dysgedig Dr. Blackwell gan Iolo Morganwg'; 336, a note on Dafydd ap Gwilym; 338-41, extracts from [Thomas] Astle: The Origin and Progress of Writing [2nd ed.], 1803; 346-59, notes on the erection of cob walls, the use of clay ashes and coal ashes in mixing mortar, rough casting, the erection of rough stone walls, ashlar fronts, varieties of stone for building in Glamorgan, the mixing of mortar, pointing, outside plastering, and the making of mortar floors; 364-7, notes relating to the history of South Wales in the eleventh century; 373-4, a table tracing the line of chief poets of Morgannwg with their disciples from the time of Dafydd ap Gwilym to the time of Siôn Bradford, circa 1780; 378-9, advice re the planting of orchards in Glamorgan; 384-7, notes on the topography, etc., of Glamorgan; 394-421, extracts from [William] Camden: Britannia (ed. Edmund Gibson) relating to inscribed stones in Wales, and 'Antient Gallick words collected out of Roman Authors compared with the Welsh', etc.; 426- 30, miscellaneous genealogical and historical data; 431, a note relating to the 'eisteddfod' held at Caerwys, co. Flint, in 1523 or 1524; 432-4, a list of poets and authors of cos. Denbigh, Merioneth, Caernarvon, and Anglesey 'ar a oedd ar unwaith an cyfoes ni yn canu ar eu bwyd i hun mal y mae y ddiareb yn fonheddigion ag uchelwyr da'; 435-6, extracts from the Liber Landavensis; and 438-49, lists of towns, markets, villages, seaports, and bays or inlets in co. Glamorgan, and notes on 'Native fruits of Glamorgan', etc.


Title based on contents.

Formerly known as Llanover C. 29.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 13116B.

Other Finding Aids

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

Appraisal Information

Item: 1.1 Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 13116B). Action: Condition reviewed. Action identifier: 4989011. Date: 20030612. Authorization: Selected for conservation. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Thomas. Status: Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 13116B) : Many pages worn at edges. Institution: WlAbNL.
Item: 1.2 Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 13116B). Action: Conserved. Action identifier: 4989011. Date: 20041207. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: D. Williams. Status: Manuscript Volume (NLW MS 13116B) : Repaired paper. Institution: WlAbNL.

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