Barddoniaeth a rhyddiaith,

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      (alternative) vtls004980891
  • Dates of Creation
      [1674x1833] /
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  • Physical Description
      125 ff. Repaired and rebound in full leather.
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

A seventeenth century manuscript with a previously loose leaf not forming part of the original manuscript bound in at the end. Ff. 1-125 contain a corpus of Welsh verse and prose items mainly of a vaticinatory nature which, according to a holograph note on f. 125 recto, were transcribed by Thomas ab Ieuan, the scribe of NLW MSS 13061-13063B and 13085B, in 1674 ('Yma y diwedda y llyfr hwn a ysgrifenna[is] i Thomas Ieuan o Dre'r brynn pan oedd [oed] krist 1674 . . .'; see also TLLM, t. 171). Included are 'cywyddau' by Robin Ddu (5), Rhys Nanmor, Dafydd Gorlech, Iolo Goch (2) and others (ff. 1-50 verso); verse or prose items by, or attributed to, Myrddin Wyllt, Myrddin Emrys, Taliesin, Ieuan Drwch y Daran, Adda Fras, Rhys Nanmor, Robin Ddu and others, and including, inter alia, 'Prophwydoliaeth yr Eryr mawr or glyn yng wynedd', conversations between Myrddin and his sister Gwenddydd, a sequence of twenty-one stanzas each commencing with the words 'Koronog faban . . .', a poem commencing 'Gwyr Môn a arganfyddant oi ar yn penryn', versions of the prophesies usually known as 'Prophwydoliaeth y Lili' and 'Prophwydoliaeth y Wennol', and a version of the five dreams of Gwenddydd and their interpretation by her brother Myrddin (see R. Wallis Evans: 'Pum Breuddwyd Gwenddydd', The Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, vol. XII, pp. 19-22) (ff. 50 verso-107 recto); and further poems, including 'cywyddau' by Robin Ddu (2), Iolo Goch and others, an 'awdl' by Rhys Nanmor, and 'englynion' by Siams Parri (ff. 107 rector-125). F. 126, the previously loose leaf bound in at the end, is in the same hand as the rest of the volume and contains a seven-stanza vaticinatory poem by Thomas ap Ieuan ap Rhys in the poetic form known as 'triban Morgannwg' (see TLLM, tt. 117, 136), etc.

Access Information

Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.


Title based on contents.

Formerly Llanover MS B. 8.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 13069B [RESTRICTED ACCESS].

Other Finding Aids

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

Alternative Form Available

Available on microfilm at the Library.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright laws apply.

Custodial History

The inscription 'D. Thomas, Bristol, March 29th 1833' appears on f. 2 recto.


For the five dreams of Gwenddydd see R. Wallis Evans: 'Pum Breuddwyd Gwenddydd', The Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, vol. XII, pp. 19-22.

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