Hen gwndidau, etc.,

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 210 NLW MS 13070B.
  • Alternative Id.
      (alternative) vtls004980985
  • Dates of Creation
      [1575x1800] /
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Welsh, English.
  • Physical Description
      141 ff. and 26 fragments, the fragments being tipped in on blank leaves at the end of the volume. Part of a former parchment cover has also been bound in at the end. Of the original manuscript thirty-two folios at the beginning (as per a previous foliation ), numerous mid- volume folios, and an indeterminate number of folios at the end appear to have been lost. The volume has been repaginated 1-344 (pp. 51-2 should be between p. 116 and p. 117, pp. 105-06 and 101-02, in that order, between p. 122 and p. 123, and pp. 147-8 between p. 150 and p.151). Repaired and rebound in half vellum.
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

An imperfect manuscript: of the original manuscript (see note on number of folios) thirty-two folios at the beginning (as per a previous foliation ) ? containing poems numbered 1-28 and part of poem 29, numerous mid- volume folios, and an indeterminate number of folios at the end appear to have been lost. pp. 1-178 (excepting p. 176 and later insertions) are in the hand of the Glamorgan poet and copyist Llywelyn Siôn, the scribe of NLW MSS 970E, 6511B, and 13075-13076B (see TLLM, tt. 157-60). The greater part of the remainder of the volume appears to be in a later seventeenth century hand or hands. The contents consist of transcripts of Welsh poems in free and strict metres, the free-metre verse being largely in the form of 'cwndidau' (see TLLM, tt. 120-43). Included is a corpus of poems by the sixteenth century Glamorgan poets Thomas ap Ieuan ap Rys (25) and Hopgin Thom[as] Phylip (22). Other poets whose works are transcribed include Thomas ap Ieuan ap Madog, Siôn Davydd, Thomas Lle'n Daio Powel, Ll'n Daio Pwel , [ ] Davys, Ll[ywely]n Siôn, Siôn Siankin 'o Benllin', Harri Bach Brydydd, Siôn Howel Siôn, Syrr Siôn Iwng, Matho Wiliam, Siôn Thomas, Howel Siankin, Wiliam Davydd, Siankin Morgan, Ieuan ap Rys 'o Verthyr Kynon', Sir Hyw Davydd 'o gelli gaer', Siankin Thomas, Gronw Wiliam, Siankin Siôn Howel, Thomas Siankin ap Ieuan, Wiliam Prys, Davydd ap Risiart, [ ] Kae Llwyd, Dafydd Nawmor, Ieuan Daelwyn, Richard Davydd, Ieuan Tew Brydidd Ievank, Hugh Dwnn, Tho. Llen., Da. Hirathog, H. Da., Da. Llwyd Mathe, Siôn Tudur, Tho. Broynllyes, Edwo. Bach 'o Drefddin', Morgan ap Howell, Mr. Llwyd, Iolo Goch, ?J. Kent, and 'Gwas ir Henaint'. There is one English poem attributed to Sir Risiart y Vwalchen. The poems by Hopkin Thomas Philip have been published in Lemuel James: Hopkiniaid Morganwg . . . (Bangor, l909), and a large proportion of the remaining poems in L. J. Hopkin James and T. C. Evans: Hen Gwndidau, Carolau, a Chywyddau . . . (Bangor, 1910).


Title based on contents.

Formerly known as Llanover B. 9.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 13070B.

Other Finding Aids

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

Custodial History

The names of Thomas Williams, Jane Thomas, William Thomas, William George (1662), James Williams, Howel John, Llewelin Richard, Jenkin Richard, ?George Thomas, John Firse, David Thomas, John Jenkines, and Morgan Evan appear in the margins of various pages.

Related Material

Folios removed from this manuscript are now part of NLW MS 13180B.

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