File Sotheby MS A1 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Welsh and English poetry

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Welsh and English poetry


  • [17 cent.] (Creation)

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90 ff. ; 185 x 145 mm.

Repaired and re-bound at NLW (old vellum covers preserved at end of volume).

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'Robert Williams His Book = 1730' (f. 43 verso); 'Mary Evans her Hand' (ff. 45, 68 verso)

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Scope and content

A seventeenth-century manuscript in several hands, containing englynion, cywyddau, carolau, dyriau and other poems in free metre in Welsh and English. The following are some of the poets represented: Tudur Aled, Sion Tuder, Gytto'r Glyn, John Brwynog, Thomas Powel, Robert ap Hugh Delyniawr, Rowland Vaughan, Hugh and John Kenricke, Syr Hugh David o Sir Henford, Syr Hugh Roberts, Robin Ddu and Ficker Llan ddyfri. Among the poems in free are 'Ymddiddanen rhwng Mr. John Gruffyth a Richard Boulkley' (ff. 45-46 verso), a second poem on a similar theme (ff. 19 verso-20), published as 'Ymddiddan rhwng Mr. John Griffith, Llanddyfnan, a'i ewythr Mr. Bwlclai, yn 1647' in Hen Gerddi Gwleidyddol 1588-1660, Cymdeithas Llen Cymru 2 (Cardiff, 1901), pp. 16-18; and a copy of 'Karol y wraig o ganan' (ff. 80-81 verso) which differs slightly from that published in Casgliad o Hanes-Gerddi Cymraeg, Cymdeithas Llen Cymru 4 (Cardiff, 1903), pp. 11-15.

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Conditions governing access

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

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Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin
  • Welsh

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Welsh, English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Several leaves mutilated; the poem at the end is incomplete.

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Available on microfilm at the Library.

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No. 5 in NLW, Schedule of Sotheby Collection (1931)


Preferred citation: Sotheby MS A1.


Previously A.1.


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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Microform: MEICRO SOTHEBY MS A1
  • Text: Sotheby MS A1 [RESTRICTED ACCESS] - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.