File Brogyntyn MS I.3 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Barddoniaeth

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  • [mid-17 cent.] (Creation)

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315 ff. (paginated 1-625; bound in incorrect order) ; 200 x 130 mm.

Rebound, [early 19 cent.], in blind-tooled pigskin, on five raised bands with 'BRITISH POETRIE MS.' and 'PORKINGTON MANUSCRIPT No 13' in gilt on spine; inlaid into each cover is a blind-stamped panel, 180 x 120 mm., from a binding, [1515x1533], by Nicholas Spierinck (d. 1545/6) of Cambridge, using his signed roll of wyvern, gryphon and lion (Oldham no. 562, cf. Howard M. Nixon, Five Centuries of English Bookbinding (London, 1978), no. 7, pp. 26-27), together with a diaper roll (Oldham no. 604); the two panels are from a single cover which was bisected horizontally and the originally vertical design is now positioned horizontally. For other Spierinck bindings see MSS I.10 (using same rolls), II.36. Hinge of upper cover repaired, [20 cent.].

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'Liber Robert Vaughan' (p. 33), 'Robert Vaughan his hand : Anno : Do : 1669' (p. 226), 'John Cadwalder' (p. 52), 'John Kadwaladr' (p. 494), 'John Thomas' (p. 134), 'Robert Evan Thoma[s]' (p. 201), 'John Wynne' (p. 52) and 'William Wynn' (p. 487), all late seventeenth century; 'John Griffith' (p. 464), 'John Markhall' (pp. 486-487) and 'Robert Lloyd' (p. 574), all late seventeenth to early eighteenth centuries.

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A composite volume consisting of two incomplete manuscripts written by several mid-seventeenth century scribes and containing Welsh poetry mostly in strict-metre.
It comprises: (a) pp. 1-498, 595-622 (many misplaced leaves, the original order being pp. 615-616, 179-186, 37-38, 595-598, 619-622, 599-602, 35-36, 1-34, 39-178, 187-432, 603-614, 433-498) mainly in the hands of Richard Cynwal (pp. 37-38, 179-186, 615-619) and an unidentified mid-seventeenth century scribe, containing Welsh poetry addressed mostly to the Maurice family of Clenennau and related families, including those of Bryncir; Wern, Penmorfa; Craflwyn, Beddgelert; Ystumcegid and Corsygedol; (b) pp. 499-594 in the hand of an unidentified mid-seventeenth century scribe, containing Welsh poetry addressed to families of north-east Wales, particularly those of Eutun of Leeswood and Lloyd of Bodidris. Poems, probably holograph, by Ellis Rowland, Jane Vaughan of Caer Gai and William Wynne are tipped in at the end of the volume (pp. 623-625).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Item: 1.1 Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.3). Action: Condition reviewed. Action identifier: 4584449. Date: 20030217. Authorization: Selected for conservation. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Thomas. Status: Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.3) : Full pigskin with inset panels of calf on boards, Plastic self adhesive label on spine, tears in pages at end of volume. Institution: WlAbNL.

Item: 1.2 Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.3). Action: Conserved. Action identifier: 4584449. Date: 20030827. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: D. Williams. Status: Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.3) : Removed label and repaired tears in pages. Institution: WlAbNL.


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

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Leaves excised between pp. 498 and 499; pp. 497-498 and 501-502 torn.

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Available on microfilm at the Library.

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Publication note

E. D. Jones, 'The Brogyntyn Welsh Manuscripts', National Library of Wales Journal, 6 (1949-50), 1-42.

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Formerly Porkington MS 13.


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Preferred citation: Brogyntyn MS I.3 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: Brogyntyn MS I.3 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]; $q - Leaves excised between pp. 498 and 499; pp. 497-8 and 501-2 torn.; $z - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies..
  • Microform: $h - MEICRO BROGYNTYN MS I.3.