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Awdlau a phryddestau W. Alfa Richards,

  • NLW MS 23051E.
  • File
  • 1922-[?1929].

Manuscript and typescript copies of poetry, in Welsh, by the Reverend William Alfa Richards ('Alfa', 1875-1931), Brynaman, co. Carmarthen, comprising the winning awdl in the Central Hall, London Eisteddfod, 1922; awdlau entered for the National Eisteddfod of Wales chair competitions at Ammanford 1922, Mold 1923, Pwllheli 1925 and Swansea 1926; a pryddest entered for the crown competition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Pwllheli, 1925; and an untitled pryddest, possibly entered for the crown competition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Liverpool, 1929.

Richards, William, 1875-1931.

Barddoniaeth Carnelian

  • NLW MSS 7989B, 7990D.
  • File
  • 1877-1908

Thirteen original awdlau and other poems, 1877-1908, by Coslett Coslett (Carnelian), Pontypridd.

Carnelian, 1834-1910

Barddoniaeth 'Glyn Myfyr',

  • NLW MS 11013B.
  • File
  • [1900x1937] /

A volume containing holograph copies and press cuttings of strict- and free-metre poetry in Welsh by Evan Williams ('Glyn Myfyr'; d. 1937) of Blaenau Ffestiniog. Also included are holograph copies and cuttings of poetry by R[ichard] R[oberts] Morris, [J. G. Moelwyn Hughes] ('Moelwyn'), [Humphrey Jones] ('Bryfdir'), [Rolant Wyn Edwards] ('Rolant Wyn'), etc.; cuttings of prose contributions by 'Glyn Myfyr'; reviews of poetry of 'Glyn Myfyr'; an obituary of 'Glyn Myfyr' by 'Bryfdir'; adjudications by [John Owen Williams] ('Pedrog'), T. R. Jones ('Clwydydd'), and 'Glyn Myfyr'; autograph letters to 'Glyn Myfyr' from John Ballinger, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1921, D. Lloyd George (aft. 1st earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor) (signed by J. L. Stevenson, 1931, and A. J. Sylvester, 1934), and the Home Office, 1936; and a list of eisteddfod chairs awarded to 'Glyn Myfyr'.

Evan Williams ('Glyn Myfyr') and others.

Barddoniaeth Gwilym Morgan,

  • NLW MSS 11064B-11065E
  • File
  • 1893-1936 /

A scrapbook, compiled by J. W. Jones, Blaenau Ffestiniog, and unbound leaves containing holographs, transcripts, and press cuttings of poetry in free and strict metres, 1893-1903 and 1918?, by William (Gwilym) Morgan, quarryman, of Blaenau Ffestiniog, together with adjudications by [Sir] J[ohn] Morris Jones (press cuttings), [Howell Elvet Lewis] ('Elfed') (transcript), etc. MS. 11064 also contains testimonials, 1901, to William Morgan and Mrs Morgan from Robert Roberts, J. P., surgeon, Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Reverend W[illiam] P[ari] Hughes, Dolgellau, and Wm. Davies, Junior, Managing Partner, The Diphwys Casson Slate Quarries Company, Blaenau Ffestiniog, the first (and presumably the other two) in support of their candidature for the posts of master and matron of Pwllheli Workhouse; and a holograph letter, 1936, from [Humphrey Jones] ('Bryfdir'), Rhiwbryfdir, to [J. W. Jones], enclosing copies of 'in memoriam' verses to Gwilym Morgan. Included in MS. 11065 is a holograph letter, 1899, from Robert Roberts, Blaenau Ffestiniog, to Gwilym Morgan, with observations on 'englynion' in English by the recipient.

Jones, J. W

Barddoniaeth John Minton,

  • NLW MS 12273i-iiB.
  • File
  • [1901x1939] /

Two volumes of holograph poems in free metres and a few 'englynion' ('Syml Gynhyrchion') composed by John Minton, J.P., Treorchy, co. Glamorgan. Each volume contains a list of contents, Welsh syntactical rules ('Cyfarwyddiadau ieithyddol'), and addresses of editors of Welsh newspapers.

Minton , John.

Barddoniaeth 'Peiran',

  • NLW MSS 12228-12229D, 12230-12233B, 12234-12235C, 12236D.
  • File
  • 1925-1936 /

Manuscripts, typescripts, and press cuttings of poetry, largely in free metres, by John Bryn Evans ('Peiran'), London. The compositions belong approximately to the period 1925-1936. Among the titles are 'Eisteddfod [Genedlaethol] Abertawe 1926', 'Pont ar Fynach (Devil's Bridge)', 'Y Rheidol', 'Yr Ystwyth', 'Nant Peiran', 'Eifion Wyn', 'Aberystwyth', 'Dr. T. Charles Williams', 'Hafod Uchtryd', 'Beriah Gwynfe Evans', 'Yr Athro David Jenkins, Mus. Bac.', 'R. S. Hughes', 'Teifi', 'Strata Florida (Ystrad Fflur)', 'Cadair Idris', 'Sir Ellis Griffith Bart.', 'Islwyn', 'Ceiriog', 'A Tribute to A. G. Prys-Jones', 'Y Prifathro y Dr. Thomas Rees, M.A.', 'In Memory of the late Rev. J. Cynddylan Jones, D.D.', etc.

Evans, John Bryn.

Barddoniaeth Richard ap Hugh,

  • NLW MS 11487D.
  • File
  • 1876-1928 /

A volume containing holograph poetry, largely in free metre, written during the period 1876-1928 by Richard ap Hugh, Bala. At the beginning of the volume is an alphabetical index of titles ('Cynnwysiad'). Inset is a holograph poem entitled 'Ymweliad y Bardd' by [John Jones] ('Tegid').

Richard ap Hugh, 1859-1931


  • NLW MS 12104B.
  • File
  • [1914x1918] /

An exercise book containing poems apparently written by a soldier from Anglesey [J. Thomas, Llangwyllog] during the Great War 1914-1918. Among the titles are 'Deigryn ar fedd cyfaill a laddwyd ar y Somme yn 1916', 'Fechgyn Hen Eglwys a gwympodd yn y Drin', 'Memorial Hall Bodwrog', 'General Owen Thomas A. S. Môn', and 'Arwyr Rhosgolyn'.

Thomas, J., Llangwyllog

Casgliad amrywiol,

  • NLW MS 12526F.
  • File
  • [1850x1915] /

A scrap album containing manuscript and printed items, newspaper cuttings, etc., described on the first page as 'Casgliad amrywiol o eiddo Ionawryn Williams [see the preceding manuscript] yn cynnwys engreifftiau o'i ddiddordeb a'i weithgarwch. Ceir ynddo hefyd nodiadau ychwanegol ar rai o Gymry Manceinion . . .' The manuscript material includes a copy of an anonymous election manifesto addressed to the [Manchester] Welsh, denouncing the previous Conservative administration and advocating the return of Messrs. Jacob Bright and John Slagg as [Liberal] members for the city [of Manchester] [?1880]; a holograph letter from Joseph Parry, University College, Cardiff, to Mr. [Ionawryn] Williams, 1899 (reference to the writer's fifth opera King Arthur); a holograph postcard from Owen M[organ] Edwards, Oxford, to Mr. [Ionawryn] Williams, 1898 (acknowledging the receipt of 'englynion' and hymns); poems addressed to Ionawryn Williams at Bethesda [co. Caernarvon] (1900); miscellaneous other poems; a few biographical notes on Manchester Welshmen; etc. The printed items include copies of a prospectus (with order form attached) advertising Ionawryn Williams's forthcoming volume of biographies of Manchester Welshmen [see the preceding manuscript]; a handbill announcing 'A Liberal demonstration of the north east and south east divisions of the county of Lancaster' to be held at Manchester, 24 and 25 October 1879; the rules (with balance sheet and list of members and officials) of the Manchester Welsh National Society (1894-1895); the programme of the same society's activities for the session 1895-1896; menus and programmes in connection with St. David's day celebration dinners in Manchester (1891 and undated); the programme (with rules and list of officials) of the Booth Street East Young People's Literary Society for the session 1869-1870; a commemorative article on Ellis Roberts of Manchester by Ionawryn Williams (extracted from Y Cronicl, July 1893), and a similar article on Ionawryn Williams himself (extracted from Y Cronicl, October 1907). The newspaper cuttings, which form the largest class of insets, are of a varied nature. Most refer to persons and events connected with the Manchester and Salford area from the 1860's to the early twentieth century. They include, inter alia, obituary notices of Welshmen who had some connection with Manchester (e.g., Sir William Roberts, physician, ob. 1899, Professor Thomas Jones, surgeon, ob. in South Africa, 1900), Manchester news items of Welsh interest (e.g., St. David's day celebrations, meetings of Welsh societies, a meeting in connection with Welsh disestablishment in 1883), poems by Ionawryn Williams, and other miscellaneous verse.

Williams, Ionawryn.

Cerddi Gwydderig,

  • NLW MS 22198C.
  • File
  • 1920.

The last of three volumes containing indexed transcripts by Mrs Mary A. Jones, Johannesburg, of poetry in Welsh by her uncle Richard Williams (Gwydderig, 1842-1917).

Gwydderig, 1842-1917.

Cerddi Gwydderig,

  • NLW MS 22197D.
  • File
  • 1920.

The second of three volumes containing indexed transcripts by Mrs Mary A. Jones, Johannesburg, of poetry in Welsh by her uncle Richard Williams (Gwydderig, 1842-1917).

Gwydderig, 1842-1917.

Cerddi Gwydderig,

  • NLW MS 22196D.
  • File
  • 1920.

The first of three volumes containing indexed transcripts by Mrs Mary A. Jones, Johannesburg, of poetry in Welsh by her uncle Richard Williams (Gwydderig, 1842-1917).

Gwydderig, 1842-1917.


  • NLW MS 21886i & iiB.
  • File
  • 1930-1945 /

A notebook containing autograph poetry by David J. Owen ('Dewi Gwyrfai'), Waunfawr, Caernarfon, composed mainly between 1919 and 1943, together with memorial verses to him. Poems found loose inside the volume have been filed separately (MS 21886iiB).

Dewi Gwyrfai, 1877-1945


  • NLW MS 22040A.
  • File
  • 1887-1903 /

Verses and hymns, 1887-1903, by the Reverend James Tegryn Phillips ('Iago Tegryn'), Hebron, co. Pembroke, together with a few biographical details concerning him.

Phillips, James Tegryn


  • NLW MSS 22064-65A, 22066B.
  • File
  • [late 19 cent. x early 20 cent.] /

Autograph poetry by Richard Jones ('Glan Ednant').

Jones, Richard, 1852-1927.


  • NLW MS 23347A.
  • File
  • 1869-1920 /

A volume containing poetry, mostly in Welsh, by William Edwards ('Cynlaisfab', d. 1920s), Glantawe, Ystradgynlais, co. Brecon, and afterwards of Blaengwynfi, co. Glamorgan, composed 1869-1920 and including poems entered for competition at local eisteddfodau. An index to the poems is included on the front and back covers and end-papers.

Edwards, William, 1832-1920

Contributions to Heddiw,

  • NLW MSS 13054-13056C, 13057E.
  • File
  • 1936-1941.

Original manuscripts and typescripts of articles, poems, reviews, correspondence, etc., published in Heddiw, vols. I-VI, 1936-1941.

Cyfansoddiadau a chofnodion Isaac Jones, Diserth,

  • NLW MS 12671C.
  • File
  • [1840x1925] /

A collection of exercise and notebooks, and a few loose leaves, containing poems, prose compositions, and miscellaneous memoranda [by, and in the hand of, Isaac Jones, Diserth, co. Flint]. The literary compositions, most of which are in draft form, include 'pryddestau' entitled 'Abel', 'Cartref' [for versions of these two poems, see also N.L.W. MS. 12625B], 'Y Bibl', and 'Deborah' (1872 ); 'englynion' headed 'i'r Fronwen', 'i'r Hen Lanc' (1864), 'i'r Tobacco' ( 1871), 'i'r Talegraph' [sic] (1871), 'i Fryn Gwenallt, Abergele' (1872), 'Peiriant Dyrnu' (1875), and 'Y Lloer'; miscellaneous poems called 'Cartref Cysurus', 'Sadrach, Mesach, ac Abednego' (1873), 'Mynydd yr Olwydd' (1874 ), 'Pulpud bach y teulu' (1874), 'Dyfodiad dwfr Llanefydd i Abergele' (1874), and 'Y Bwriad'; essays, or the texts of papers or addresses, on 'Golwg ar ddifyrwch y bobl yn Nghymru yn yr oes hon ar oes or blaen . . .' ( 1878), 'Gwasanaeth yr emyn' (1905), 'Gwneyd Cyfrif' (1925), 'Y Bardd a'r diwynydd' (fragment), 'Dyledswydd yr athraw i fod yn ffyddlawn tuag at yr ysgol Sabbothol', 'Darbodaeth', 'Gwyrthiau', 'Y Pwysigrwydd o iawn ddefnyddio oriau hamddenol', and 'Dringo'r mynyddoedd'; and a moral tale ('ffugchwedl ddirwestol') entitled 'Y Graith hynod, neu y ddau gymeriad'. Many of these poems and essays were composed for submission in competitions at local eisteddfodau or literary meetings. Other items include adjudications on 'telynegion' submitted for competition at a literary meeting held at Dyserth, February 1920, and in an essay competition for an essay on 'Taith Israel o'r Aipht hyd Sinai'; a copy of an announcement of a literary and musical meeting to be held at the Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Llysfaen, 2 November 1876; a report on Sunday schools [held in connection with Calvinistic Methodist churches] in the Denbigh district (n.d.); a list of preachers who preached ? in the Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Dyserth, 1917-1922; a list of preaching engagements, ? undertaken by Isaac Jones, 1893-1925, with the texts preached upon; sermon notes; and accounts, 1876-1877,? of the Calvinistic Methodist Church, Colwyn.

Jones, Isaac, Betws yn Rhos

Cyfansoddiadau Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Wrecsam

  • NLW MSS 23052-4D.
  • File
  • 1933

Compositions submitted to the crown competition (MS 23052D), the chair competition (MS 23053D) and the other poetry competitions (MS 23054D) at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Wrecsam, 1933. MS 23052D includes a letter from J. Gwili Jenkins, one of the adjudicators (f. 1) and the winning pryddest by Simon B. Jones (ff. 2-12); MS 23053D includes letters from the three adjudicators, T. Gwynn Jones, R. Williams Parry and J. J. Williams, together with copies of the latter two's adjudications (ff. 1-25) and the winning awdl by Edgar Phillips ('Trefin') (ff. 26-34).

Phillips, Edgar, Trefin, 1889-1962

Great War Diary

  • NLW MS 23924A.
  • File
  • 1914-1916

Notebook, 1914-1916, kept by Nursing Sergeant Davies of 'C' section of the 130th (St John) Field Ambulance unit, attached to the 38th (Welsh) Division of the British Army. It includes a diary, November 1914-June 1916 (ff. 1-12), describing duties in Britain before embarkation for France on 3 December 1915, and subsequent activities on the Western Front prior to the Battle of Mametz Wood.
A draft application for an army commission (ff. 45, 46 verso) suggests that Sergeant Davies was a native of Carmarthenshire and a former miner. The notebook also contains medicinal recipes (ff. 13-14, 44 verso, 45-6), ration tables (ff. 8 verso-9, 14), and poetry in both English and Welsh (ff. 22 verso-23, 31-44, 49-53). An additional folio, tipped into the volume (f. 16a), contains further diary entries, October 1916, and suggests the existence of a second volume, subsequently lost.

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