Welsh chronicle; triads; etc.,

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 210 NLW MS 13101B.
  • Alternative Id.
      (alternative) vtls004988105
  • Dates of Creation
      [1767x1826] /
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      Welsh, English.
  • Physical Description
      288 pp. (one hundred and forty-nine pages blank). P. 9 is brown paper and may have been the previous, outer, upper cover of the section of the present volume ending at p. 146; p. 237 is brown paper and previously the outer, upper cover of the section now paginated 239-86.
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

A composite volume containing miscellaneous material in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'). Pp. 37-146 contain an 'interleaved' copy of a Welsh chronicle recording the activities of the Welsh princes, etc., 1101-1055. This appears to be a 'variant' copy of a version of part of the Welsh chronicle known as 'Brut y Tywysogion', and, in a note at the end (p. 146), the work is linked with the name of Caradog of Llancarfan ('Ac yn yr amser yma y darfu i Garadog o Lancarvan (a fernir gan bob gwr dysgedig yn yn (sic) awdur yr hanes honn) orphen Prydieu Tywysogion Cymru o Gadwaladr hyd ei amser ef'). Pp. 149-231 contain a series (interleaved) of one hundred and twenty-six English triads with the superscription 'The Triades of the Island of Britain or the Triades of Historical Tradition and the Knowle[d]ge of Events, Occurrences, persons, and other things that have been remarkable in the Island of Britain, and of accidents that befell the Nation of the Cimmeri in very remote ages . . .'. This is a translation of the series of Welsh triads published in The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales . . . (London, 1801), vol. II, pp. 57-75, a series which, according to a note at the end (Myvyrian, p. 75), also translated into English at the end of the present series, was compiled by Thomas Jones of Tregaron ['Twm Shon Cati'] in 1601 from the books of Caradog of Llancarfan and Ieuan Brechfa. P. 237 contains a list of the names of twelve series of Welsh triads and an 'englyn' by [Edward Williams] 'Iolo Morganwg', and is followed (pp. 239-86) by several series of Welsh triads including series with the superscriptions 'Trioedd Barddas a elwir Trioedd Ionabwy' (see John Williams: Barddas . . ., vol. I, pp. 376-9), 'Trioedd amrafaelion', 'Trioedd Bonedd', 'Trioedd Beirdd', 'Trioedd Cyfarwyddyd', 'Llyma Drioedd Cerdd Gruffudd ab Cynan, Trioedd Llawdden Fardd medd llyfrau eraill', 'Llyma Drioedd eraill a gofyn ar Fardd eu gwybod . . .', and 'Llyma Drioedd Cerdd a elwir Trioedd Llogell Rhison (sef Trioedd Marchwiail) a ddangoswyd ger bronn yr Eisteddfod fawr a fu yng Nghaerwys yn 1567 gan Feirdd Gwynedd . . .'. Also included in the volume are p. 13, a genealogy, in direct male line, of Iestyn ab Gwrgan [lord of Glamorgan, fl. 1081--1093], and p. 14, a brief chronicle of events in South Wales during the years 1001, 1085, 1161, and 1184.


Title based on contents.

Formerly known as Llanover C. 14.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 13101B.

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

P. 9 is inscribed 'Caradawc Llancarvan o Lyfr Siôn Philip o Dre ôs'.

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