Golyddan Papers

Scope and Content

Seven of Golyddan's poetical works, one of which is written in English and entitled Death. Some also contain suggestions in the margin by Gweirydd ap Rhys.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Robert Pryse, also known as Golyddan, was the son of Gweirydd ap Rhys. He was born in 1840 and educated at Llanrhuddlad British School, Anglesey. In 1860 he went to Edinburgh University where he won two prizes and gained the highest M.D. examination results. He died in 1862 of tuberculosis. His ambition was to compose an epic poem in the style of Milton.

For further biographical details consult the essays of Gweirydd ap Rhys in Y Genhinen, 1890 and the essays of Rev. Hugh Ellis of Maentwrog in Cymru, 1897.


Arranged chronologically and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, June 2002.

Other Finding Aids

An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference number : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 915 (i - vii)

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Related Material

See also Gweirydd ap Rhys Papers held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. A collection level description is available on the Archives Hub


Golyddan, Arwrgerdd Iesu : sef pryddest Ioan, yn Eisteddfod Dinbych, 1860 (1861)