Diarhebion, etc.,

Scope and Content

A composite volume containing lists of Welsh proverbs, popular or traditional sayings, etc., in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'). A square piece of paper pasted on to p. 21 is inscribed 'Diarhebion Morganwg Cynnulliad Iolo Morganwg Drwy Gorph mwy na Hanner Canmlynedd, o Lafar Penn Gwlad a Llyfrau Argraff ac Ysgrif . . . Mai'r 9fed 1801'. Pp. 33-180 contain a collection, arranged in alphabetical order, of Welsh proverbs and popular sayings which, according to the 'title-page' (p. 23) and 'preface' (pp. 25- 32) to this section, Edward Williams had heard in Glamorganshire during a period of thirty years and had arranged and listed in the alphabetical order in which they appear in the present volume in 1800. P. 197 is inscribed 'Diarhebion Cymreig a gasglwyd o Amrafaelion Leoedd sef o hen ysgrifeniadau, Llyfrau mwy diweddar, ag o Ben Gwlad, Gan Iolo Morganwg, 1796', and is followed by the following items - pp. 199-246, a collection, arranged in alphabetical order, of Welsh proverbs and popular or traditional sayings which, according to the superscription and a note at the end, had been extracted from a volume in the possession of [Owen Jones ] 'Owain Myfyr o Lundain' in May 1797; p. 247, a version of the Lord's Prayer in Welsh rhyming verse attributed to Cattwg Ddoeth (see The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales . . ., vol. III, 1807, p. 5); pp. 247-58, series of Welsh precepts, advisory sayings, proverbs, etc., some in rhyming verse, attributed to Cattwg Ddoeth (see ibid., pp. 5-9, 27, 47-9, 56), and a list of 'Dewis bethau Talhaearn Fardd'; pp. 259-71, a series of Welsh triads with the superscription 'Trioedd Cattwg Ddoeth' (see ibid., pp. 69-75); and pp. 271-4, further series of Welsh 'sayings', etc. (see ibid., pp. 25-7, 47-9, 75-6). Occasionally the proverbs, etc., in the two main lists noted above are accompanied by notes in English or Latin 'equivalents'.


Title based on contents.

Formerly known as Llanover C. 15.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 13102B.

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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