Miscellaneous poetry and prose,

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 210 NLW MS 13225C.
  • Alternative Id.
      (alternative) vtls006009826
  • Dates of Creation
      [1779x1835] / William Owen-Pughe, 'Iolo Morganwg', David Samwell and others.
  • Language of Material
      Welsh, English, Latin, Cornish, Slavic (Other), Hebrew.
  • Physical Description
      142 pp. (thirty blank pages). Repaired in part and bound in half leather with marbled paper sides.
  • Location
      ARCH/MSS (GB0210)

Scope and Content

A composite volume containing miscellaneous material, chiefly in the hand of William Owen [-Pughe] and lettered on the spine 'M.S.S., Vol. I'. The contents include: pp. 1-3, 'At y Beirdd yn Eisteddfod Caerwys', being a 'cywydd' by 'Y Bardd Clôff' [Thomas Jones]; p. 5, transcript of, and notes on, an inscription found at Pap Castle near Cockermouth, [Cumberland]; pp. 7-9, 'An outline of the Tale of Arthur and his Warriors, popular in Glamorgan and other parts of Wales, as given by Edward Williams'; pp. 11-13, notes on the Welsh and bardic alphabets, and the alphabet introduced by E. Llwyd [Edward Lhuyd] into his Archaeologia Britannica; pp. 17-18, further notes on Welsh orthography; pp. 19-24, 'Llyma Ystori Aza ac Eva - Wedi ithyny o' r ail Lyvyr o'r Beibl, yr hwn a elwir Genesys' (text published, see J. E. Caerwyn Williams: 'Ystorya Adaf ac Eua y Wreic', The National Library of Wales Journal, vol. VI, pp. [170]-75; this version is probably a copy of the text found in Wrexham MS 2 [NLW MS 873B], see the colophon at the end of the present text: 'Mez John Edmonde curad Tal-y-llyn. Adysgrived gan Gwilym Owain o Lyvyr Havod Uçdryd, Gorfenav 12d. 1799'); pp. 24-26, 'Llyma y saith gair azywed y doethion', and a series of questions and answers on Biblical and ecclesiastical subjects [cf. NLW MS 873B, pp. 138-42]; pp. 27-33, 'Llyma Ystori Titws Vesbessianws Arbenig a Filatws' (text published, see J. E. Caerwyn Williams: 'Ystorya Titus Aspassianus', The Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, vol. IX, pp. 221-30; appended to the text is the following colophon: 'Gwilym Owain o Veirion a adysgrives hyn o lyvyr cylç 300 mlwyz oed, Gorfenav. 11d. 1799; Y llyvyr hwnw a berthynai i lyvrgell Havod Uçdryd' [cf. NLW MS 873B, pp. 83-90 ]); pp. 35 and pp. 37-38, drafts of two letters in the hand of William Owen [-Pughe], relating to the perusal of MSS and the compilation of his dictionary; p. 39, notes on bards and bardism; pp. 41, 43-44, onomastic notes attempting to prove the names 'Peebles', 'Fife' and 'Caledonia', to be of Welsh origin; p. 45, printed receipt, dated 7 January 1805, recording W[illia]m Owen [-Pughe]'s annual subscription to Cymdeithas y Gwyneddigion; p. 47, 'Proclamation for a Meeting of the Bards, at Midsummer, 1798' (printed); p. 51, printed proposals, dated 1801, for the second volume of Edward Jones, Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards . . .; pp. 53-54 a poem entitled 'To Maenwyn', beginning: 'Maenwyn, e'er Age had shook my head . . .', being a translation of 'Llywarch a Maen' (see Ifor Williams: Canu Llywarch Hen (Caerdydd, 1935) tt. 20-21); p. 55, proposals for encouraging the Welsh bards by means of eisteddfodau; p. 56, draft proposals, dated 1 February 1789, for printing a Welsh and English Dictionary by [William Owen-Pughe]; pp. 57-58, notes 'On the etimology [sic] of London'; p. 59, a list of Welsh words, some of which are followed by phrases and couplets illustrating their meaning; p. 60, 'Gwedy dwyn koron Lundeyn ay theyrn wyalen . . . Ac ny bu en oes Vaelgun, ac wrth henny ny alley hwnnw vot en Vael da hynaf' (text published, see Dafydd Jenkins: 'Llawysgrif Goll Llanforda o Gyfreithiau Hywel Dda', The Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies, vol. XIV, pp. 103-04); p. 62, a table and extract relating to the payment of 'galanas' (see Dafydd Jenkins, art. cit ., p. 102); (continued)
pp. 63-65, 'Trioedd ynys Brydain en Llyfr Coch o Hergest. Ex eodem col. 599', p. 65 bears a note in Latin by Iorwerth ab Madog, 'Transcript taken by Moses Williams from the original M.S. in the House of Mr. Llwyd of Penyrallt, near Bangor'; pp. 67-68, 'Association for exploring the Madawca Country', stating the objects of the society intent on an expedition to America in search of the White Padoucas; pp. 69-70, Slavonic versions of the Lord's Prayer with an attempt to correlate them with a Cornish version (incomplete); pp. 71-72, a poem by 'Meilirion', entitled 'On the Revolution', and beginning: 'Hail sons of Cambria, bards of ancient lore . . .'; p. 73, notes on 'Brigant', a type of dance, in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg'), including tunes entitled: 'Canu cylch y Brigant' and 'Canu rhedfa'r Brigant'; pp. 75-76, draft title of 'A Comparison Between The Erse language as contained in Shaw's Dictionary and the Welsh in II Parts. done in December 1797 by W.O.'; p. 77, a vocabulary of the terms of rhetoric; p. 78, draft proposals in English and Welsh for printing a guide to the Welsh language; p. 79, printed proposals for printing by subscription, Poems Lyric and Pastoral . . . by Edward Williams; p. 81, notes on 'Lleiku Llwyd' and 'Llywelyn Goch ab Meyrig Hen'; pp. 83-84, 'Hanes am grëad y Byd', being the beginning of the book of Genesis, written in William Owen [-Pughe]'s own orthography; pp. 85-86, further notes on the 'Etymology of London'; p. 87, [?] draft inscription for the tombstone of Robert Hughes, 'Robin Ddu yr Ail o Fôn'; p. 89, 'Cywydd Marwnad Robert Hughes o Fon. 1785' attributed in pencil to 'Sion Lleyn' [John Roberts, Pwllheli], beginning: 'Clywyd clych mynych ym Môn . . .'; p. 91, a list of some MSS of Welsh interest in the Cotton library; pp. 93-96, a collection of fifty-three miscellaneous 'englynion'; pp. 97-103, a paraphrase of a portion of the book of Job, chapters 38-41; pp. 105-06, 'Plan for exploring the country of the Padoucas, commonly denominated the White, or Welsh Indians . . .'; p. 108, invitation dated 2 Oct. 1784, to a meeting of the Cymmrodorion Society addressed to Mr. [William] Owen [-Pughe]; p. 109, a printed ticket ( blank) to the St. David's Day meeting of 'Cymdeithas y Gwyneddigion'; p. III, notice, dated 29 May 1784, of a meeting of the Cymmrodorion Society, addressed to Mr. [William] Owen [-Pughe]; p. 113, 'Cerdd arferol ei chanu gan y Gwyneddigion; Wrth dderbyn Cyfeillion', a printed poem beginning: 'Cyd unwn Wyneddigion, Brodorion freiscion fryd . . . '; p. 115, 'Buddugoliaeth Rhydd-did. Can Newydd', a printed poem by [Edward Williams ], 'Iolo Morganwg', beginning: 'Y Diddig Brydyddion, Wyr glewion o'n Gwlad . . .'; pp. 117-18, notes on punctuation and emphasis; p. 119, four 'englynion' headed: '1798 Un 87 o'i oed', by Rhys Jones, beginning: 'Rho fawl tro buddiol tra byddaf - erglyw . . .', together with another two entitled: 'I'w Wyr', beginning: 'Glân yr â'r baban i'r bedd . . .'; pp. 121-22, notes on the words 'Derwydd', 'Bardd' and 'Ofydd'; p. 123, English and Welsh versions of eleven Psalm-like verses, beginning: 'Simple are the children of the mountains, but their hearts beat high in their breasts'; p. 127, a copy of [?the Lord's Prayer] in unpointed Hebrew; and pp. 129-42, a draft by David Samwell, in the author's autograph, of portions of 'The Padouca Hunt', a satire on a debate by the Caractacan Society in 1791 on the existence of the Welsh Indians; and a printed booklet entitled: Araeth y Gwir Anrhydeddus Iarll Caernarfon, Yn Nghyfarfod Aelodau Lleyg Eglwys Loegr, a gynnaliwyd yn Winchester, Swydd Hants, Mehefin 29, 1834 . . . (Bala: R. Saunderson, 1834).


Title based on contents.

Formerly known as Mysevin 5.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 13225C.

Other Finding Aids

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


For David Samwell's 'Padouca Hunt' see William Ll. Davies, 'David Samwell (1751-1798)', Transactions of the . . . Cymmrodorion, (1926-1927), pp. [70]- 133, and 'David Samwell's Poem - 'The Padouca Hunt", in The National Library of Wales Journal, II, pp. 742-52.

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