Piser Sioned (Cadwaladr Davies' Book)

Scope and Content

A large volume, written mostly during the years 1733 - 1745, and mostly in the hand of Cadwaladr Davies. Consists mainly of poems, carols and a few cywyddau, being the fruit of poets from the geographical areas known as Penllyn, Edeyrnion, Cerrigydrudion and Hiraethog, north Wales. The poems date from the mid 18th century.

Includes also notes on astronomy, meteorology, interpreting dreams, remedies for wounds and diseases, and copies of legal documents.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cadwaladr Davies was the schoolmaster at Tre'r-ddl near Corwen, Merioneth in 1740. Little is known about him, other than he was a poet, and paid rent for a house and cottage to a John Humphreys of Maerdy, near Gwyddelwern, from 1729-1739. The contents of this volume also testify that he took an interest in astronomy, meteorology, interpreting dreams, concocting remedies for wounds and diseases and legal matters.


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, September 2002.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference number : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 3212

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Custodial History

After 1791, the manuscript was held by Rev. John Williams, schoolmaster of Llanrwst Free School.

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