- [1649x1660] (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
iv, 176 ff. (paginated 1-352; ff. i-iv and pp. 92, 342-348 blank) ; 190 x 145 mm.
Rebound, [early 19 cent.], in blind-tooled pigskin, on five raised bands with 'BRITISH POETRIE MS.' and 'PORKINGTON MANUSCRIPT No 7' in gilt on spine; inlaid into each cover is a blind-stamped panel, 150 x 115 mm., on a darker brown calf, from a late-eighteenth or early-nineteenth century blind-stamped binding with a foliage and flower design which includes a stamp and two rolls also found on the inlaid panels on MS I.1, probably tools belonging to the rebinder. 'Porkington Library, Shelf 1, Case 4, No. 3' (label inside the front cover).
Name of creator
'Welsh Poems including a good collection of the Brudiau or Prophetic Poems' (note in nineteenth-century hand on f. i); 'No 7' (label pasted onto f. iii).
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
A volume containing poetry mostly in strict metre, together with some prose items and a significant body of prophetic prose or vaticinatory verse, transcribed between 1649 (see pp. 285-288) and 1660 by Wiliam Bodwrda; the volume would appear to have been 'No. 17' in his own collection of manuscripts (see f. iv and p. 342).
The cited works are mainly those of fifteenth-century poets, including eulogies by Lewys Glyn Cothi and prophetic poetry by Dafydd Gorlech, Dafydd Llwyd ap Llywelyn ap Gruffudd o Fathafarn and Robin Ddu. Several pieces of prophecy are either anonymous or attributed to ambiguous and obscure authors such as Taliesin, y Bardd Cwsg and y Bergam. Eulogies composed in praise of the Bodwrda family are found on pages 181-193 and 285-288. Wiliam Bodwrda himself has paginated the manuscript from 1-341, but some of these numbers have been cropped in binding. The paper, according to the transcriber's practice, has been folded before use giving three vertical creases on every page, the left-hand crease being used as a guide for the alignment of the text. The transcriber uses a catchword on the bottom right-hand corner of most verso pages.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Item: 1.1 Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.4). Action: Condition reviewed. Action identifier: 4584573. Date: 20020123. Authorization: Selected for conservation. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Thomas. Status: Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.4) : Leather lifted from spine and front joint broken. Institution: WlAbNL.
Item: 1.2 Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.4). Action: Conserved. Action identifier: 4584573. Date: 20040312. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: G. Edwards. Status: Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.4) : Joint and spine repaired. Institution: WlAbNL.
Item: 1.3 Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.4). Action: Condition reviewed. Action identifier: 4584573. Date: 20021129. Authorization: Selected for conservation. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: J. Thomas. Status: Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.4) : Handling and fingermarks on some pages, Mould and water staining on book block prior to binding, front board detached with spine leather from shoulder, leather worn and joints broken near caps, endbands loose, slight wear near corner of lower board, tight back spine split, edges of some leaves cut into script in places, minor tears to some leaves and endpapers. Institution: WlAbNL.
Item: 1.4 Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.4). Action: Conserved. Action identifier: 4584573. Date: 20030707. Authorizing institution: NLW. Action agent: G. Edwards. Status: Manuscript Volume (Brogyntyn MS I.4) : Repaired damaged spine only as per instructions. Institution: WlAbNL.
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.
Conditions governing reproduction
Usual copyright laws apply.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Affected by water staining (pp. 1-15); brown stains between pp. 169 and 176.
A detailed list of the contents is available at https://archives.library.wales/external_documents/brogi04.pdf
Generated finding aid
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Available on microfilm at the Library.
Related units of description
E. D. Jones, 'The Brogyntyn Welsh Manuscripts', National Library of Wales Journal, 6 (1949-50), 149-161.
Dafydd Ifans, 'Bywyd a Gwaith Wiliam Bodwrda (1593-1660) o Aberdaron' (University of Wales MA thesis 1974), vol. II, 470-490.
Formerly Porkington MS 7.
Title based on contents.
Preferred citation: Brogyntyn MS I.4 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].
Virtua system control number
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Gorlech, Dafydd, 1410?-1490? (Subject)
- Robin Ddu, fl. 1450. (Subject)
- Taliesin. (Subject)
- Bergam. (Subject)
- Rhys Fardd, fl. 1460-1480. (Subject)
- Bodwrda, William, 1593-1660. (Subject)
- Bodwrda family, of Bodwrda. (Subject)
- Dafydd Llwyd, of Mathafarn, approximately 1420-1500 (Subject)
- Lewis Glyn Cothi, active 1440-1490 (Subject)