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A funeral sermon

'A sermon preached at the interment of Owen Holland of Berow in the County of Anglesey Esqr the second day of December, 1656. By Robert Morgan Bachelour in Divinitye & Rr of Llanddiffnan', 1656.

Morgan, Robert, 1608-1673

A terrier of Penmaen and Llysfaen

'A terry of the kinges landes in [Penmaen] and llysvaen vewed and written by m[e?] Willm Lloyd of Nanlle in the moneth of June ... 16[07]', ''The names of the freeholders wthin llysvaen Penmaen & Eirias', together with copies of earlier records relating to Penmaen, Llysvaen, and Eirias.

Lloyd, William, of Nantlle.

An armorial

Coats of arms, coloured, of the founders of Welsh and Border Counties families, comprising 'The Aancient descent of diuers noble and worthie howsen and gentlemen of great worshipp springring from them' and 'The names of such other gentlemen as came into wales and ther, or in the marches therof have lande and possessions where they inhabite, by certen descent of inheritance Ther first Auncestors being eyther Englishmen, Danes, Normans or Irishe men, and at this present growen to be great howses of worshipp in walles'.


A volume containing Welsh poetry by various poets, etc.

Barddoniaeth Thomas Prys

'Cywydeu ac Odleu' chiefly by Capt. Thomas Price of Plas Iolyn, Denbighshire; together with indices and proverbs. Pages 9-465, 515-519, 552-562 appear to have been written by the same hand, possibly the author, prior to 31 March 1631, when the Indices (pp. 573-654) were compiled.

Prys, Thomas, 1564?-1634

Bardic grammars, etc.

Three Welsh Grammars; The Dream of Maxen Wledig; Elucidarium; Commotes and Cantreds of Wales; Astronomi; etc., mainly in the hand of Thomas Williams before he began to sign himself 'Thomas ap Wiliam physicwr'. Pages 112-114 and 129-130 are in the autograph of Robert Vaughan of Hengwrt, 16th May 1656, and Darogan Beli (p. 216) appears to be written by D. Jones (?o Lanvair Dyffryn Clwyd).

Wiliems, Thomas, 1545 or 1546-1622?

Brut y Brenhinedd

The Welsh text of Brut y Brenhinedd written by the scribe of the Book of Taliesin (NLW Peniarth MS 2) during the first half of the fourteenth century. The text is followed by the pedigree of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd.

Brut y Brenhinedd,

An incomplete text of Brut y Brenhinedd (one of the Welsh translations of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britanniae). The first quarter of the text is missing as well as a large portion at the end of the MS. After a few fragments of ff. 1-5, the present text begins: 'Ac gwedi hynny vn map a aned iddaw a sef oedd henw hwnnw lles vap koel ac gwedi marw i dad a chymryt o honaw yntav koron y deyrnas holl weithredoedd da i dad a chwnychodd ef ev gwnevthvr megis y doedid y mae ef oedd koel ... dechre llosgi [ny gorffowysswys eny los]ges y kastell A gwrtheyrn ynddaw' (ff. 6-119 verso) [i.e. it corresponds to Llanstephan MS 1, ff. 43 verso-66 verso, Henry Lewis (ed ), Brut Dingestow, pp. 61-118, section IV. l9-VIII. 2, or Brynley Francis Roberts, 'Astudiaeth Destunol o'r tri chyfieithiad Cymraeg cynharaf o Historia Regum Britanniae Sieffre o Fynwy', PhD, Wales (1969), pp. 78-123, (the Peniarth 44 version)]. The text belongs to the Llanstephan 1 version of Brut y Brenhinedd, cf. the introduction to Brynley F. Roberts, Brut y Brenhinedd, Llanstephan MS 1 Version ([Dublin], 1971).
The manuscript also contains a stray leaf from an early-seventeenth century MS containing verses from a Welsh free-metre love-song / religious poem (f. 120), and an incomplete horoscope, XVI/XVII c. (f. 32 verso). Folios 1-5, 31, and 63-119, are fragmentary to varying degrees. The text is written on every other opening of the MS, the intervening pages having been left blank, apart from the additions in later hands found on folios 32 verso and 44.


Texts of Dares Phrygius, Brut y Brenhinedd, Brut y Tywyssogion, Life of St Sylvester, The Death of Guido of Vienne, etc. Written by 'David ap Jenkin amhredydd o Vachynnlleth' for Huw Lewis of Hafodwen in 1586-1587.

David ap Jenkin.

Calendar, a treatise on urine, etc.

A calendar, a treatise on urine, a Life of St Martin, and a brief history from Adam to "Asclopitotus", in the autograph of Gutyn Owain, written in 1488 (p. 62) and 1489 (p. 10).

Gutun Owain, fl. 1450-1498

Catalogue of the Gloddaeth Library

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Gloddaeth Library, alphabetically arranged with numerous bibliographical notes, written in 1842 (watermark H. MILLS 1841) by Edward Parry of Chester (ff. 1-65). The catalogue is written on the rectos. Bibliographical notes have been added on the versos.
The manuscript also includes a Catalogue of the Gloddaeth Manuscripts at Mostyn 1842 (ff. 67-88), arranged as: Nos 1-36, English Manuscripts (ff. 68-75); Nos 37-56, Welsh Manuscripts (ff. 76-81); and Nos 57-87, Latin and French Manuscripts (ff. 82-88).

Parry, Edward, 1798-1854

Catalogue of the Mostyn and Gloddaeth Libraries

Catalogue of the books in the Mostyn Library, interleaved with a catalogue of the books in the Gloddaeth Library (ff. 2 verso-247). The Mostyn catalogue was written in a blank book sometime after 1727, with additions to 1733. The Gloddaeth catalogue, written not before 1733, with additions to 1745, was interleaved in the book by tipping in bifolia with paste and at the same time running thread inside the hinge of each bifolium and down the inside of the spine. The Mostyn catalogue is written on the rectos, leaving blank pages and space between entries for later additions; some later additions are also made on the versos. The Gloddaeth catalogue is closely written on rectos and versos. Both catalogues give titles with places and dates of publication. The Gloddaeth catalogue alone gives pressmarks. Both catalogues in the hand of Thomas Mostyn, 4th bart.
The arrangement is (1) by broad subjects, (2) according to size. The categories are as follows: Libri Theologici (ff. 3-21), Libri Juridici (ff. 25-41), Libri Medici (ff. 44-48), Poetae (ff. 49-50 verso, 63-65), Poetae Graeci (ff. 51, 56-57, 67-68), Poetae Latini (ff. 52-54, 58-61, 69-77), Poetae Italici (ff. 55, 62, 79 recto-verso), Poetae Britannici (ff. 55 verso, 61 verso), Poetae Gallici (ff. 62 verso, 80), Oratores et Epistolographi Graeci (ff. 82-84), Oratores et Epistolographi Latini (ff. 85-91), Oratores et Epistolographi Gallici (f. 92), Oratores et Epistolographi Italici (f. 93), Antiquarii (ff. 95-108), Historia Universalis, Chronologica et Geographica (ff. 110-115), Historia Judaica, Chaldaica, Babylonica (f. 116), Historia Graeca et Romana (ff. 117 verso-134), Historia Hispanica et Lusitanica (ff. 137-141), Historia Italica (ff. 142-146), Historia Gallica (ff. 147-157 verso), Historia Germanica et Regionum Septentrionalum (ff. 154, 159-160), Historia Belgica, Germanica, Danica, Suecica, Relvetica et Russica (ff. 155-157, 174-176), Historia Magnae Britanniae (ff. 161-173), Historia Asiatica, Africana et Americana (ff. 177-181), Historia Byzantina et Turcica (f. 182), Illustrium Virorum Vitae (ff. 185-187), Lexicographi et Grammatici (ff. 189-193), Bibliothecarli (ff. 194-196), Auctores Veteres Classicae Ordinis (ff. 198-207), Grammatici et Critici (ff. 208-213), Philologici et Miscellanei (ff. 217-235), Libri Manuscripti (5 items only) (f. 237), Itineraria (ff. 239-240 verso), Voyageurs (ff. 241-243), Appendix ad Historiam Gallicam (f. 244), Historia Naturalis (f. 245), Appendix ad Historiam Magnae Britanniae (f. 247).

Catalogue of the Mostyn Library

'A Catalogue of ye Books at Mostyn' (ff. 2-12). The text in two columns is confined to the recto side of each folio. The verso side is blank except for additions on f. 6 verso. Only the surnames of authors and short titles of works are given. The works are arranged according to shelf and division. It was compiled not before 1713 (includes seven volumes of the Spectator). Folios 12 verso-80 are blank, and are followed by an incomplete 'Catalogue of Bookes att Gloddaith 1692' (f. 80 verso, inverted text), listing only thirteen items. The verso sides of ff. 76-79 are ruled. This was the first use of the book. There is an index to the MS on f. 1 verso.

Cerddi Cymraeg

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  • [c. 1669]-[early 18 cent.]
  • Part of Mostyn Manuscripts

A collection of cywyddau, englynion and carols, compiled [c. 1669]-[early 18 cent], with the greater part appearing to be in the hand of John Davies (Siôn Dafydd Laes).
An index to the contents is on pp. xvii-xxvi.

Davies, John, d. 1694.

Chroniques de France

Apparently the chronicle of the reign of Charles V found in Les Grandes Chroniques de France (Grandes Chroniques de Saint-Denis) but unable to compare with any of the printed texts (ff. 1-59). The prologue on f. 1 ('Au non du pere ... les autres plus indignes') corresponds word for word with that to the chronicle of the reign of Charles VII (see below, f. 177) except for the substitution of V for VII. The text of f. 1 is written by a later hand to make good the loss of probably two leaves of the original manuscript, see below. Possibly the placing of Jean Chartier's prologue at this point is due to a misunderstanding by this later hand. From f. 2 on, chapters are numbered and headed by brief summaries. The text of f. 2 begins in chapter 3.
Also included is apparently Jean Juvenal's chronicle of the reign of Charles VI with the continuation attributed to Gilles le Bouvier (ff. 63-172). Unable to compare with a printed text. Cf. B. L. Royal MS 20. E. v. Chapters numbered and headed by brief summaries, as in the table. Together with another two fragments: the first of whcih we are unable to compare with a printed text of Jean Chartier's chronicle. Cf. BL Royal MS 20. C. ix. Chapters numbered and headed by brief summaries, as in the table (ff. 177-339); the second of which we are unable to compare with the chronicle of the reign of Louis XI which was added to some of the early printed editions of Les Grandes Chroniques de France (ff. 340-444 verso).

Coats of arms and pedigrees

Coats of arms and pedigrees, [c. 1572], in Welsh and English, apparently in the hand of Sir Thomas Wiliems.
A note on p. 177 states 'This books seemeth to have beene compyled in the yeere of o[u]r Lorde. 1572' (p. 177).

Wiliems, Thomas, 1545 or 1546-1622?

Commentary on Aquinas

Commentary by an unidentified author on the Prima Pars, the Secunda Secundae and Tertia Pars of St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologiae, written in two fine hands of the early-seventeenth century.
Most of the manuscript is written in a secretary hand, whilst two portions are written in a mixed hand (ff. 213-225 verso, 412-424 verso). The commentary may be an example of the manuscript text books supplied to university students during the early-seventeenth century, and perhaps related to other similar works published on the continent during the same century (not seen).

Commonplace book

A 'booke of Commonplaces gathered out of sundry writers', 1636-1638, by David Rowlands, rector of Llangybi, the first part containing extracts from Peter Heylyn, Cosmographie ...

Rowlands, David, Rev., active 1633-1638.

Cronicl Elis Gruffydd : Rhan I

The second volume of Elis Gruffydd's chronicle of British history, the present part covering the period from the Norman Conquest to 1552. The manuscript is itself now bound as two volumes, of which this is the first.

Gruffydd, Elis, approximately 1490-approximately 1552.

Cronicl Elis Gruffydd : Rhan II

The second volume of Elis Gruffydd's chronicle of British history, the present part covering the period from the Norman Conquest to 1552. The manuscript is itself now bound as two volumes, of which this is the second.

Gruffydd, Elis, approximately 1490-approximately 1552.

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