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Richards, Mary, 1787-1877
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Autograph letters,

Autograph letter to Miss M. Richards, Bryn Tannall, 1873, from T. G. Jones, Llansantffraid; autograph letter to the Reverend Thomas Richards, Llangyniew, 1828, from David Davies, Mallwyd; autograph letter to the Reverend J. Ll. Richards, Llanowddyn, 1843, from Hugh Evans, Utica, on the back of which is a letter to his wife, 1843, from Hugh Evans, Utica; autograph letter to John Jones, Llanfyllin, 1848, from John Owen Jones, Illinois; autograph letter to his wife and children, 1843, from Hugh Evans, Turin; autograph letter to the Reverend J. Richards, Llanowddyn, 1842, from John H. Evans; autograph letter to the Reverend David Richards, Llansilin, 1820, from Thomas Beynon; autograph letter to Miss Richards and sister, 1862, from William Rowlands ('Gwilym Lleyn'); autograph letter to the Reverend Mr Richards, Caerwys, 1840, from Robert Davies; autograph letter to the Reverend Mr Richards, Llansilin, 1823, from David Davies, Berkeley Square, London; autograph letter to Mair Risiart, [n.d.], from Angharad Lwyd; autograph letter to the Reverend D. Richards, Llansilin, 1820, from J. Parry, Bowman Street, London; autograph letter to the Reverend T. Richards, Welshpool, 1824, from John Parry; autograph letter to the Reverend Robert Williams, Oswestry, 1846, from R. Lloyd Edwards, Nanhoron; autograph letter to the Reverend Robert Williams, Oswestry, 1842, from Alfred B. Clough, Daventry; a case opposing the election of Sir Richard Bulkeley, Knt., and Thomas Mostyn, esq., as burgesses of Conway, [n.d.]; autograph letters to the Reverend Robert Williams from R. Garnett, 1849, and I. Price, 1834; autograph letters to the Reverend Robert Williams from William Williams, Pont Penrhyn, 1803, R. P. Williams, Dublin, 1865, W. J. Rees, Presteign, 1847, 1844, 1848, and E. G. Salisbury, Birkenhead, 1847; autograph letters to Mrs Watkins, Moelycerni, Aberystwyth from James William Watkins, St Helens, 1806, 1807, and R. Morgan, Hay, 1814; autograph letters to Mr Watkins, Moelycerni, Aberystwyth from Humphrey Jones, Portsmouth, 1806, and M. Morgan, Hackney, 1806; autograph letters to Mr Watkins, Moelycerni, Aberystwyth, 1818, from E. Watkin, Laughton; autograph letters to Pryse Pryse, esq., MP, 1824, from R. Williams, Aberystwyth; autograph letters to Mrs Watkins, Aberystwyth, 1815, from R. Davies, Denbigh; bill for the funeral of Mr John Morgan, 1773; verses composed on hearing the bells of Llanbadarn, 1842, by E. W.; autograph letter to Mr James Watkins, Aberystwyth, 1806, from A. Jenkins, Lampeter; autograph letter to Mr David Morgan, Talybont, 1769, from Thomas Morgan; deed of release signed by Thomas Lloyd, David Lloyd and Thomas Roberts of Llangynfelyn, Cardigan, 1732; autograph letter to W. Morgan, 1814, from R. Morgan; autograph letter to Gwallter Mechain, 1824, from Hannah Walter, Kinmel; autograph letter to the Reverend D. Silvan Evans, 1873, from John James Hughes, Caernarfon; autograph letter to the Reverend D. Silvan Evans, 1883, from Samuel Roberts, Conway; memorandum of an agreement between Owen Owens of Pant-y-Dwr, Tal-y-llyn, Merioneth and the Reverend D. Silvan Evans; autograph letter to the Reverend D. Silvan Evans, 1875, from James James, London.

Autograph letters,

Autograph letter to the Rev. Mr Richards, Caerwys, 1824, from Robert Parry ('Robin Ddu Eryri'); autograph letter to Miss M. Richards, Darowen from W. E. Jones ('Cawrdaf'); autograph letters to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Berriew from Angharad Llwyd, [n.d.], William Owen, 1821, and Aneurin Owen (Nantglyn), [n.d.]; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Darowen, 1800, from David Jones, Llandrillo; autograph letter to the Rev. Mr Richards, Eglwysfach, 1783, from I. J. Morgan, Penllwyn; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Llanymowddwy, 1800, from the Bishop of St Asaph; autograph letter to the Rev. R. Richards, Darowen, 1837, from L. Gwynne, Tremeirchion; Welsh poems by Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'); poems addressed to Evan Evans by Robert Parry; autograph letter to Lewis Gwynne, esq., Darowen, 1825, from D. Davies, Chester; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Berriew, 1825, from Thomas Jones, London; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Berriew, [n.d.], from W. Owen ('Eos Glan Hafren'); Welsh poetry by various authors.

Autograph letters,

Autograph letter to the Rev. T[homas] Richards, Darowen, 1837, from E. Wyatt, St Asaph; miscellaneous extracts of Welsh poetry, [19 cent.]; autograph letter to the Rev. D[avid] Richards, Kidweli, 1810, from Elizabeth Richards, Darowen; autograph letter to the Rev. T[homas] Richards, Darowen, 1809, from D[avid] Richard[s], Kidweli; autograph letter to the Rev. D[avid] R[ichards], Llansilin, [n.d.], from Angharad Llwyd (?); autograph letter to the Rev. David Richards, Llansilin, 1818, from David Williams; autograph letter to the Rev. T[homas] Richards, Llangyniew, [n.d.], from R. Humphreys; autograph letter to the Rev. D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, [n.d.], from John Evans, Llanfyllin; autograph letter to Mrs Watkin, Aberystwyth, 1823, from D. Griffith, Bettws; autograph letter to Mr D. Morgan, Machynlleth, 1777, from R. Morgan; autograph letter to Mr James Watkins, Aberystwyth from William Maybury; autograph letter to the Rev. D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, 1818, from James Homer, Llanfihangel; will of Jane Evans of Cemmes, Montgomeryshire, witnessed by T[homas] Richards, vicar of Darowen, 1807; an inventory of the goods and chattels of Hugh Roberts of Llanymowddwy, Merioneth, 1788; autograph letter to Miss Richards, Oswestry, 1856, from Maurice Jones; autograph letter to Mr Llewelyn, Calonrwydd, 1822, from Evan Evans, Aberhiw; autograph letter to the Rev. T[homas] Richards, [n.d.], from James Evans, Llanwddyn; autograph letter to Miss Richards, Meifod, 1856, from A. Bowen, Welshpool; autograph letter to the Rev. Mr Richards, Eglwys Fach, 1782, from Evan Richards, Bryn Eugan; fragments of letters and lines addressed to the Rev. Thomas Richards, [19 cent.], from various authors; autograph letter to the Rev. David Richards, Kidweli, 1812, from Thomas Richards, Darowen; autograph letter to the Rev. Thomas Richards, Berriew, 1824, from 'Robin Ddu Eryri'; autograph letter to the Rev. David Richards, Llansilin, [n.d.], from A. Owen; autograph letter to Miss M. Richards, Darowen, [n.d.], from Hugh Jones; fragments of poems.

Barddoniaeth Dafydd ap Gwilym, etc.

A volume of transcripts of poetry by Dafydd ap Gwilym, together with a few 'englynion' and 'cywyddau' by Wm Morris, G[ruffudd] Grug, Dafydd ap Edmund, Rhys Gôch Glan Ceiriog, Dafydd Nanmor, Iolo Goch, R[obin] Ddu, and some anonymous 'englynion'. The transcripts are taken from UCNW Bangor MS 6. A note by Mary Richards, Darowen on p. 1 ascribes the volume to John William[s], musician ('Cyfansoddwr Tona'), Dolgelley, probably John Williams ('Ioan Rhagfyr') (see Thomas Parry (gol.): Gwaith Dafydd ap Gwilym (Caerdydd, 1952) pp. c1xviii-clxix). At the end of the volume is a table entitled 'Rhannau Monwent Dar-Owen megis y dosparthwyd ag y cyweiriwyd hwynt ar eiriol David Davies vicar yno, gan ddechrau, o barth dwyrain Ty'r Vicar ag felly diwygio oddi amgylch Mai yr 28 1636' (' ... carefully transcribed out of the original by me Lewis Jones Vicar of Darowen' - a Chopiwyd genyf inneu or Terrier Darowen. M. R. Dar[owen]'). Tipped into the volume are a bond, 14 February 1690/1, from David Jones of Cowarch, Merionethshire, gent. to John Thomas Rees of the same, yeoman for the observance of covenants, and a poem in free metre entitled 'Myfyrdod y Parchedig Mr [Roderick] Lewis Periglor Llanbrynmair Uwchben Bedd ei ddiweddar Wraig', 1829. Among a number of items laid on the inside lower cover is Ychydig o gynghorion buddiol i Bobl Ieuainc, Wrth fyned i wasanaeth (Treffynnon, n.d.).

Barddoniaeth Huw Morys, etc.

A collection of 'cerddi', 'carolau', etc. by Hugh Morris, together with a 'cerdd' by Huw Jones, Llangwm, a 'cerdd' by the Reverend Walter Davies ['Gwallter Mechain'], anonymous 'englynion, 'carolau' and some financial accounts, 1805 and undated. The volume is in the hand of Huw Jones, Llangwm, with a few later additions by Elizabeth Maurice and by Mary Richards, Darowen. It belonged to Thomas Powel, 1804, and Martha Powel, 1805, and also bears the names of Henry Powel, 1756, John Jones, carpenter, Pentregayr [Oswestry] and Martha Edwards.

Barddoniaeth,

Two volumes in the hand of Mary Richards, Darowen consisting largely of transcripts of poetry from manuscripts then in the Llansilin Collection (e.g. Cwrtmawr MSS 204, 206-7, 227, 238, 242-3). Other transcripts in the collection are items from 'copy o un [o] lyfrau Maesglase, Mallwyd', including 'Merddin ai dywaid', 'Taliesin ai traethoedd', Merddin ai Traethodd', 'Taliesin ai Traethodd', and 'Merddin a Gwenddydd'. The poetry, in strict and free metres, is by Griffyth ap Dafydd Vychan, Robin Ddu, Dafydd Llwyd Llywelyn ap Griffydd, Owain Twna, Dafydd Gorllech, Ifan Brydydd hir, Huw Pennant, Edwart [ap Rhys], Dr. Sion Cent, Ie[uan] Dyfi, Iolo Goch, Meredydd ap Rhys, Llywelyn ap Owain, Rhys Coch or Eryri, Thomas Prys ('o Blas Iolyn'), Edmwnd Prys, G. Philip, W. Elias, Owain Gruffudd, Gruffudd Nannau, Owain Gwynedd, Gruffyth Hiraethog, Guto'r Glynn, Tudur Aled, Thomas Owen, William Llyn, Ieu[an] Tew, Tudur Penllyn, Huw kae Llwyd, Llywelyn Goch Amheurig hen, Dafydd Nanmor, Gruffydd Hafren, Syr Owen ap Gwilim, Sion Philip, Bedo Brwynllys, Morys Dwyfen (recte Dwyfech), Sion Tudur, Sion Philip, Llywelyn ap Gutun, Syr Rhys Carno, Wiliam Kynnwal, Gwilym ap Ieuan hen, Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), John Athelystan Owen, D. Parry, Rowland Parry ('Ieuan Carn Dochan' 'O Lanuwchllyn'), Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'), Roger Cyffin, [Morris Jones] ('Meurig Idris'), J. Blackwell ['Alun'], William Edward ('[Gwilym] Padarn'), Gruffydd Lloyd ab Dafydd ab Einion Lliglyw, Ifan ab Howel Swrdwal, Ifan Tudur Benllyn, Cathrin Sion, Gaynor Llwyd, Thomas Evan, Evan Thomas, Moris Richard, Hugh Sion, Huw Moris, Griffydd Moris Evan, Morys Robert, Sir Rees Cadwaladr, Edward Jones ('Vicar Machynlleth 1644'), Llywelyn Cadwaldr, Richard Llwyd, Shon Dafydd, William Puw Llafar, Lewis Môn, Huw Llyn, Rees Edennyfed [sic], Lewis Edward, William Edward, ? Robert Edward Lewis, Richard Philip, Rees Ellus, Gruffydd ab Gronwy Gethin, John Morgan ('Vicar Aber Conwy ... 1698'), Edward John ab Evan, John Rhydderch, Gwilim ab Sefnyn, John Davydd, John Vaughan ('o Gaer Gai'), [David Richards] ('Dafydd Ionawr'), Thomas Llwyd, Cadwaladr Roberts, Edward Rowland, Richard Abraham, Edward Morus, Hugh Lewis, Thomas Lloyd 'fiengca', Rowland Vaughan, [John Jones] ('Tegid'), Robert Davies ('Bardd Nantglyn'), John Rogers, D. Ellis (Mowddwy), William William ('Wil y Prydydd'), Evan Jones (Darowen), [David Jones] ('Ieuan Cadfan') [David Richards] ('D[ewi] Silin'), Jeremy Humphrey, Dafydd Davies, John Rees, Morris Jones ('or Talwrnyn agos i Lanfyllin'), Thomas Edward ('Twm o'r Nant') Arthur Jones, John Davies, William Philip, Cadwaladr Moris, John Brwynog, Lewis Owen, John Edward, Dafydd Rees (Llanbryn Mair), Syr Gri[ffudd] Vychan ('o Sir Drefaldwyn'), John Thomas, Henri Humphreys (Bwlch y Ddar), [Hugh Evans] ('Howel Eryri') Dafydd Morris ('Bardd Einion') and others; an anonymous 'English Elegy on the Reverend Mr. Howel Davies Chaplain to the Rt. Hon. Countess of Walsingham'; a letter from David Davies, Tu Uchaf, near Mallwyd, 1810 (the distribution of Welsh Bibles in Llanymawddwy) (together with a list of subscribers and a table of statistics); a table of minted coins ('Darnau o bres bathol'), with dates; a letter from Thomas Philips, Neuadd Llwydiarth to [Mary] Richards, 1863 (enclosing verses on the marriage of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra); a list of the dates of the birth and baptism, 1712-33, of children of Richard Foulkes and Jane Griffith, his wife; a letter from T[homas] Price ('Carnhuanawc'), Crickhowel, 1833 (the preservation of the Welsh language); pedigrees of William Pugh of Mathafarn and of Christopher Bethell, bishop of Bangor; a certificate, 1798, of the payment by the parish of Llan y Mowddwy, Merioneth of a sum of £7-7-3, being a 'Voluntary Contribution for the Defence of the Country'; etc. Printed items pasted inside the covers include a prospectus of Carl Meyer: An Essay on the Celtic Languages and a notice of a proposed public dinner to W. Owen Pughe at Denbigh, 1834. Some of the transcripts are dated within the period 1857-8.

Barddoniaeth,

A composite volume of the second quarter of the eighteenth century containing English poetry (eclogues, epigrams and epitaphs); Latin poetry (extracts from Cato, Virgil and Ovid, epitaphs and epigrams); and Welsh poetry largely in free metres. The Welsh poems are generally anonymous but some of them, as well as one of the English epitaphs, are assigned to John Morys (Maurice) (1736-47), and there are single compositions by Humph[rey] Owen, B[ardd] C[wsg] (1732), J[ohn] R[hydderch], E[van] W[illiam] and Owen Griff[ydd] (1733). An addition to the volume contains a poem in Welsh by 'Gilielmus Didymus' (1755). . Inscribed in the hand of Mary Richards, Darowen on the inside upper cover: 'Pwy a ddwyn hwn Bydd ei ran gyda Lladron yn Dragwyddol'.

Barddoniaeth,

A composite volume of three small notebooks containing 'cywyddau', 'englynion' and English verses by 'Sioseb Nerquis', with some 'englynion' by 'I. Ddu' and 'Merddin Wylts [sic] o Nerquis'; and transcripts by Mary Richards, Darowen, c. 1861, of Welsh metrical psalms and hymns by Thomas Roberts ('Philo Cadfan'), Joseph Marpole, William Jones, John Williams (Dolgellau), and anonymous compositions. One of the hymns, dated 1861, is in memory of the Reverend James Hamer 'Offeiriad Llanfihangel [yng Ngwynfa] a Discybl i David Harris [?Carno]'.

Barddoniaeth, etc.

A volume of transcripts partly in the hand of Mary Richards, Darowen containing 'englynion', etc. by David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), Thomas Morris (Pentre Gwyn), 'Iorwerth ab Robert ab Arthur ('neu Ned Glan Gwryd, Glyn Ceiriog'), John Cain Jones ('Siôn Ceiriog'), John Jones ('Myllin'), Robert Davies ('Bardd Nantglyn'), P. Morris (Llanfair Caer Einion), John Athelystan [sic] Owen ('Bardd Meirion'), Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), Dafydd Savage ('Dewi Caer Einion'), Robert Parry ('Robyn Ddu Eryri'), Evan Jones (Darowen), J. Robert (Hersedd), [William Williams] ('G[wilym] Caledfryn'), Owen William (Waun fawr), [William Ellis Jones] ('Cawrdaf'), 'S. Llwyd', John Blackwell ('Alun'), D. Hughs (Huws) (Cynwyd), E. Evans ('[Ieuan] Glan Geirionydd'), Thomas Edwards ('Arwydd y Delyn', Corwen), [? Thomas Williams] 'Eos Mynydd', M[orris] Jones ('Meurig Idris', Dolgellau), Dafydd Jones ('Dafydd ab Ioan', Llan Collen), 'Ioan Cadfan' (Llangadfan), William Edwards ('Gwilym Padarn'), [John Evans] 'Ioan Maelor', etc.; letters and incomplete letters to David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), Mary Richards and other members of the family of Richards of Darowen from Arthur James Johnson [recte Johnes], 1854 (the death of John Lloyd (Llwyd) Richards, curate of Llan Owddyn (Llanwddyn), David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), 1811-26 and undated (a memorial to Thomas Edwards ('Twm o'r Nant'), a request for a tenancy from Sir Watkin to Samuel Bromley, a feast called 'Ciniaw y Mawn', payment for Y Gwyliedydd, the appearance of 'y gwr lledrithiawg', personal), Thomas Price, Pembrey, 1812 (a request for the services of a clergyman), John Hughes, Llangollen, 1826 (an invitation to preside at Llangollen Eisteddfod), Thomas Roberts [Llwynrhudol], London, 1820 (thanks for the reception of Gwyneddigion members during recent eisteddfodau in Wales and the appointment of addressee (David Richards) as an honorary member of the Society), Roger Clough, Tyn y Celyn, 1824 (Llangollen Eisteddfod committee meeting), Angharad Llwyd, Caerwys, undated (2) (the contents of a letter from Dr. Meyer, the death of Cynddelw [Richards], Welsh manuscripts, Llangollen Eisteddfod, personal), Thomas Cynddelw Richards [son of 'Dewi Silin'] (2) from Maenor House, Ruthin, 1845 (a psalm book, personal), J. Jenkin ['Ifor Ceri'], 1813 (an invitation to dinner), Edward Jones, undated (two manuscripts in the possession of Edward Jones, Llangollen), William Edwards ('Gwilym Padarn'), Waunfawr, 1821 (a gift of £1 from Powys Cymrodorion), Robert Davies ['Bardd Nantglyn'], 1825 (personal, subscriptions to a publication by the writer, news of friends), Dafydd Jones, Llan Collen, 1820 (enclosing 'englynion'), etc.; meditations by Thomas Richards at the end of his first day, 16 July 1826, in his new parish of Llangynyw; 'Helyntion A fuont ar ddamwain a digwydd i D[avid] Riichards] yn ei daith o Blwyf Darowen ... i Nantglyn ... 1814'; obituaries of John Lloyd Richards [1854], Thomas Cynddelw Richards [1848], David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), 1826, etc.; a biographical note on Jane Richards (1756-1842), wife of Thomas Richards, Darowen, etc.

Barddoniaeth, etc.

A manuscript largely in the hand of Mary Richards, Darowen containing 'Llyma ddeall y pader ynghymraeg' ('o lawysgrifen ar femrwn cyn 1600'); 'Copi o Ramadeg Gymrae[g] rhai a ddywed Gramadeg Coronwy Owain y dechreu yn eisie'); 'cywyddau', 'englynion' and some 'penillion' by Robin ddu, Dafydd Gorllech, Guttun Owain ('Meredith ab Rhys medd eraill'), Sion Philip, Sypyn Cyfeiliog, Edmund Prys, William Philip, Howel Bedo, Owen Gryffudd, Edward Morys, Owen Robert, Hugh Morys, William Elias, Dafydd ap Gwilim, John Rogers, Ifan Tew Brydydd and Bedo Brwynllys, and anonymous poetry, the greater part of the poetry by Owen Gruffydd and copied 'o Lyfyr Owen Gruffydd'; there are later verses by 'Dewi ab Ioan', (Blaen Afon), David Charles [Carmarthen], Thomas Jones (Maes y Cerndi), J. Blackwell ['Alun'] and [David Richards] ('D[ewi] Silin'); and a copy of a letter from W[alter] Davies ['Gwallter Mechain'], 1817 (the establishment in Montgomeryshire of an Auxiliary Society in aid of the British and Foreign Bible Society). The manuscript is in the form of two books, of which one was partly used, c. 1820, by 'J. H. M. L.' to record 'Adnotationes quaedam admodum miscellaniae', including a list of titles of Welsh airs, a list of Welsh expressions and their English equivalents and notes on the accidence of the Welsh language. Used as the upper end paper is a fragment of an 18th century answer of Christopher Welcker the elder, one of the defendants to the bill of complaint of Wm. Sherlock and Frances, his wife, and James Blundell and Mary, his wife, complainants.

Barddoniaeth, etc.

A composite volume in various late eighteenth and early nineteenth century hands consisting largely of 'carolau', 'englynion', hymns, etc. by [David Thomas, 'Dafydd Ddu Eryri'], R. Philips, Mary Rees (Llanbrynmair, 1828), [David Jones] ('Ieuan Cadfan') (Llangadfan, 1827), R. Ll., Thomas Williams, John Roberts, John Thomas, Evan Willians [sic] ('o blwy Darowen. Gefen Barhedin'), J. A. Owen ('Bardd Meirion'), 'Iorwerth ap Robert ab Arthur' (Glynn Ceiriog) ('Neu Ned Glann Gwryd'), [? Robert Ellis] ('Cynddelw'), Rowland Hugh ('or Grienyn ...'), H. Jones (Maes y glasau), Arthur Jones, Mary Rhys, [William Edwards] ('Gwillim Padarn'), Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), Robert Davies ['Bardd Nantglyn'], 'Dic'r Erw', [William Williams] ('G[wilym] ab Iorwerth'), J. Blackwell ['Alun'] ('Y Penillion Blaenorol a wnawd yn ddifyfyr pan ydoedd Mair Darowen yn canu Gorhhoffedd gwyr Harlech yn mharlwr Ysgoldy y Berriew ... 1826. Dyma'r yscrifen cynta ...'), John Rogers, and H. Humphreys, and anonymous poems. The volume also contains observations on 'Trioedd y Gorseddigion', a copy of a letter, 1818, incorporating verses, from Ann Edward in London; and a copy of a letter from [ ] ('Da fyddai genyf wybod pwy ... Dafydd Ionawr wedi colli'r Enw'), from Llansantfraid, to the Rev ...iam, 1822 (impressions of an eisteddfod at Caerwys, englynion to 'Ioan Tegyd', etc., enclosing a letter from G[oronwy] Owain).

Barddoniaeth, etc.

A composite volume, partly in the hand of Mary Richards, Darowen, containing poetry (some composed by poets on visits to Darowen), largely in the form of 'englynion', by Rowland Parry ('Ieuan Carn Dochen'), David Richards ('Dewi Silin'), Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'), [William Jones] 'G[wilym] Cawrdaf', [William Williams] 'G[wilym] Cyfeiliog', [William Williams] 'Gwilim Iorwerth' (Darowen), Robart Parri (?'Robyn Ddu Eryri'), [David Richards] 'Dafydd Ionawr', Aneurin Owen, 'Llewelyn Idris', William Edwards ('Gwilym Padarn'), David Pugh, [Benjamin Jones] 'P. A. Môn', [Morris Jones] 'Meurig Idris' (Dolgellau), 'Cynfrig', Robert Parry ('Robyn Ddu Eryri'), David Ellis (Llanwrin), John Davies, W. W. Jones (Glaslyn), Robert Davies ('Bardd Nantglyn'), J[ohn] A[thelston] Owen ('Bardd Meirion'), William Edwards ('Gwilym Callestr'), 'Gwilym Tew Glan Taf', Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), [W. Williams] 'Gwilym Bryn Mair', [Henry Griffyth] 'Hari Goch o Wynedd', [Morris Davies] 'Meurig Ebrill', Griffith Llwyd, Evan Jones ('Ieuan Gwynedd') [Robert Jones] 'Bardd Mawddach', John Jones ('Vicar Llanfair'), Edward Beynion [Bennion] ('Meddyg Cyrnybwch') (Oswestry), David (Dafydd) Harries (Nantllemysten), Dr [William Owen-] Pughe, etc., and anonymous poems; 'Traethawd neu Raglwybr yn dysgu Egwyddorion a Gwreiddiau Cerddoriaeth (incomplete); notes on bardic and ogham alphabets; 'Cofrestr or Cromlechau neu Allorau'r Derwyddion'; 'Drygioni Meddod'; 'Tri thlws ar ddeg o Frenindlysau Ynys Brydain' and 'Achau Llywelyn ap Gruffydd' (from a manuscript [Cwrtmawr MS 200] of Lewis Morris ('Llywelyn Ddu o Fôn'); copies of letters to Mary Richards, &c. from [Daniel Evans] 'Daniel Ddu o Geredigion', Maesmynach, near Lampeter, 1830 (the publication of the writer's Gwinllan y Bardd), William Edward ('Gwilym Padarn'), Waun fawr, 1822 (a visit to Gwent eisteddfod, a silver cup of Capt. William Griffith of Caernarvon, enclosing poetry), W. Owen-Pughe ('Gwilym Owain o Feirion') (to John [Ryland] Harris 'Ieuan Ddu Glan Tawy'), 1823 (personal) (with an incomplete reply) ('ni bu yr yscrifell byth mwyach yn ei law'), J. Blackwell ['Alun'] Oxford, 1824 (enclosing a stanza by 'Ioan Tegid'), Jas. Evans, secretary, Cymmrodorion or Metropolitan Cambrian Institution, 1821 (the addressee's election to honorary membership), etc.; an address of the Cymreigyddion Society of Aberystwyth to Mary Richards, 1822, and the latter's reply, 1823; an account of a St David's Day dinner of the Cymreigyddion Society of Aberystwyth, 1823 (from Seren Gomer, June 1823); miscellaneous memoranda and anecdotes, etc. Some of the transcripts are in a bardic alphabet. Inset are two 'carolau' composed in America, 1860, by John Lewis Davies ('Ioan Cadfan').

Berriew Bible Society minute book; transcripts by Mary Richards

A minute book of the Berriew branch of the Montgomeryshire Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1818-20, together with lists of subscriptions and donations, 1818-25, and an account of Bibles distributed in the parish, 1819-23. The volume was subsequently used by Mary Richards to record poetry in strict and free metres ('englynion', 'cywyddau', etc.) by Ellis Roberts (Llanddoget), Dafydd Thomas (Llanfyllin), Robert Dafydd (Nantglyn), J. Robert (Hersedd), [William Williams] 'Gwilym Caledfryn', Owen William ([Waunfawr] Caeryn Arfon), [Robert Parry] 'Robin Ddu [Eryri]' (Carnarfon), W[illiam Ellis] J[ones] '[Gwilym] Cawrdaf', Isaac Llwyd, J[ohn] A[thelstan] O[wen] ('Bardd Meirion'), John Blackwell ('Alun'), 'D. Huw Cynwyd', E[van] E[vans] ('[Ieuan] Glan Geirionydd), W. Edwards (Corwen), [John Davies] 'Brychan', [John Jones] 'Myllin', Sion Tudur, Lewis Mon, Mathew Owen, Owen Gryffyth, [Morris Jones] 'Meuric Idris', ?Edward Davies, ?Lewis Hughes, Aneurin Owen, David Richard ('[Dewi] Silin') W[alter] D[avies] ('Gwallter Mechain') and Robert Parry (Eglwysfach), and anonymous poems; letters from Jno. Owen [curate of] Llanlligan to T[homas] Richard[s], Llan y Mowddwy, 1786 (the possibility of receiving charitable donations, a request for a sermon, articles left by the writer at Llanuwchllyn and Nantglyn) (original letter in Cwrtmawr MS 1043), Richa[r]d Owen, Hendre Gadog to O. Williams, Bwlch, Pentraeth, 1811 (enclosing a translation into Welsh by Goronwy Owen of 'The lass of the brow of the Hill', a wedding ?at Plas Gwyn, personal), Hugh Thomas, London to John Edward, Llan y Mowddwy, 1798 (the death of the recipient's son John), 'Myfyr Nan[t]glyn' to D[avid] Richard[s] '[Dewi] Silin'), undated (poetry by the writer), [Rev.] John Humphreys, Cilyllwyn [Bodfari] to R[ichard] Richards, Caerwys, 1826 (statistics of Nonconformist membership in Liverpool, Manchester, Chester and London), Owen William [?'Owen Gwyrfai'], Waunfawr to [ ], 1845 (a request for a Madam Bevan school, with references to B[recte P.] B[ailey] Williams and [David Thomas] 'D Ddu o Eryri'), D. Hughes to D[avid] Richards, Llansilin, undated (the formation of a Branch Bible Society), Thomas Jones, Castell to T[homas] Richards, Darowen, 1835 (the payment of county rate for the hundred of Mowddwy), etc.; a statement of 'The Crown of England's Title to America', based on the discovery by Prince Madog ab Owen Gwynedd; numerical tables of sermons left by Lewis Richards, Llan Erful and Richard Richards, Caerwys, arranged under each book of the Bible; directions to apply on behalf of a blind person for an annuity of £10 from the charity of John Merlot, alderman of the city of Bristol; etc. Some of the 'cywyddau' are said to have been transcribed from a manuscript of Owen Gryffydd [Llanystumdwy].

Carolau, etc.

Transcripts by Mary Richards, Darowen of carols, hymns, etc. by [Robert Roberts] 'Robin Meirion' (1827), Thomas Edwards ['Twm o'r Nant'], Rowlan[d] Hugh ('r cryenin'), Arthur Jones, Hugh Jones (Maesglasau), Dafydd Harris and D. Silvan Evans ('Hirlas'), and anonymous compositions. The scribe's name on the fly-leaf is dated 1873. Beginning from the end, in another hand, are undated measurements of a house and farm buildings, etc.

Commonplace book of John Lloyd Richards,

Two notebooks (pasted together) of the Reverend John Lloyd Richards (1790-1854), vicar of Llanwddyn containing 'Subjects for [weekly] themes given by Mr Ainger for 1821', '...[L]ines ... set up in a neat frame in the room at the Pavilion by the falls of the Clyde in Scotland', 1817; verses by R. Davies entitled 'I Bedwar Rhan y Flwyddyn'; prose texts entitled 'The Number Seven', 'English Language' and 'Esau and Jacob'; verses entitled 'Happiness' by the present Bp. of Calcutta. Dr. Heber'; personal accounts, 1821-31 (expenses at St Bees College and at Nun Monkton, payments to hired servants, receipts of rent etc.); etc. The scribe's sister, Mary Richards, during the period 1870-3 has used blank spaces to record copious memoranda, anecdotes and transcripts of verse and family letters.

Commonplace book of Thomas Richards,

A commonplace book of the Reverend Thomas Richards (1754-1837), vicar of Darowen containing 'An Extract out of Bishop [William] Beveridge's Exposition on the XXXIX Articles of the Church of England'; household and medical recipes from printed sources; transcripts by Mary Richard [Darowen] of letters, undated, from D[avid] Richards, Llansilin to the Reverend David Hughes, rector of Llanfyllin, and [ ] (Bible Association meetings at Llansilin); autobiographical data by Thomas Richards, 1754-1819; a topographical dictionary of English and Welsh counties; a transcript of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Faith of the Church of England; a journal and account book of Thomas Richards, 1782-92 (with gaps) (incorporating notes of sermons by D[aniel] Rowland, Llangeitho); poetry by Cadwalader Dafydd ('o Lanymowddwy') and David Ellis ('y Gof' ? 'o Lanuwchllyn') and anonymous 'englynion'; a transcript of an address, 1804, by T[homas Burgess], bishop of St Davids, to his clergy outlining his proposal to establish a Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Church Union in the diocese; a transcript of an address, undated, by [Samuel] Horsley, bishop of St Davids, to the masters of schools within the diocese approved by him for the training of candidates for holy orders; tables of tithes payable in the parish of Llanymowddwy, 1789-93; a list of books perused by Thomas Richards, 1786-7; etc.

Darowen tithes; transcripts by Mary Richards; etc.

A volume originally used fairly extensively by Thomas Richards, Darowen as a rentroll of tithes set in the parish of Darowen, 1824-31. Beginning at the end, also in the hand of Thomas Richards, are a note from the Shrewsbury Chronicle, 1829, on the 'Rearing of Apple Trees'; medical, veterinary and household recipes; and accounts of receipts and disbursements (tithes, road rates, rents, etc.) of Thomas Richards, 1827-31. The remainder of the volume was used by Mary Richards, circa 1850-4, to record transcripts of a list of books in the library of Thomas Richards, Darowen; letters from Evan Richards to Thomas Richard[s], curate of Eglwys fach, near Dovy furnace, undated (religious meditations, a pocket Bible), Ch. Meyer, Llanrhaiadr [ym Mochnant], to T[homas] Richards, Llangynyw, undated (news of W. Davies ['Gwallter Mechain'], an invitation to the recipient and Arthur [James] John[e]s), Thos Jones, L[eintwar]dine [aft. of Creaton], to Thos. Richard[s] [at Llangynfelyn], 1779 (personal), and [Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd')], Trefriw to T[homas] Richard[s], Darowen, 1823 (the writer's preparations to enter St Bees, the writer's return to Trefriw, personal) (original in Cwrtmawr MS 534, Letter No. 13); a receipt for a sum of £1 l0s. paid for a sundial for the use of the parish of Darowen, 1761; accounts of disbursements by T[homas] Richard[s] at Llanganfelin [Llangynfelyn], 1776-81, and a list (p. 17) of the first pupils entered in his school at Llan y Mowddwy, 1789; poetry in strict and free metres ('cywyddau', 'englynion', etc.) by Robert Parry ('Robin Ddu o Eryri'), [William Williams] ('Gwilim ab Iorwerth'), Ieuan ap R[hys] ab Llywelyn, Huw Caellwyd, Rhys ab Cynfreig Goch, Dafydd ap Ieuan Llwyd, Sion Kerri, Tudur Aled, Roger Kyffin, Dafydd ap Jenkin an Owen, W[illiam] Phillip, Doctor Sion Kent, Gruffyth ab Goronwy Gethin, Edmwnd Prys, Edward Urien, Tuder Penllyn, Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'), [John Jones] 'Tegid', William Cynwal, Hu[w] Llun, Rhys Iorwerth Fynglwyd, Gryffyth ap Efan, Dr Richard Dafis ('Esgob Dewi'), Sion ab Sion, Sion Tudur and Howel Borthor (o'r Trallwng'), and anonymous poems. Among the insets and items mounted on the inside covers are a letter from J. Topham to [ ], 1786 (Mr Stocks's donation); an undated petition by William Davies, late of Cemmes, Llanegrin, Merioneth for a charitable contribution from Price Jones, Cyfronydd (petitioner claims that Cemmes, now in Pryce Jones's possession, was previously the property of his own father John Davies); and Hirnant rent accounts between T[homas] Richards and Captain Gwynne, 1816-18. One of the sources quoted by Mary Richards is a manuscript of Sir Thomas Llwyd, 'Person Cemes, Sir Drefaldwyn'. The outside upper cover is inscribed '1825 Tithe Book'.

Fiddler's tune-book

A composite volume containing two treatises in Welsh on angling and musical theory, three lists of tune titles, and a large collection of tunes, compiled by John Thomas for the violin, some from printed sources and others written down from oral tradition. The tunes have been published, with related notes, in Cass Meurig (ed.), Alawon John Thomas: a fiddler's tune-book from eighteenth-century Wales (Aberystwyth, 2004).

Thomas, John, fl. 1752

Llyfr barddoniaeth 'Gwilym Cowlyd',

A 'poetical' exercise book of W. J. Roberts ('Gwilym Cowlyd') largely containing annotated transcripts of 'englynion' and other verses of the period 1820-1830 by Evan Evans ('Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'), William Jones ('Gwilym Cawrdaf'), Rowland Parry ('Ieuan Carn Dochan'), [William Williams] ('Gwilym Cyfeiliog'), Henry Griffith ('Hare Goch o Wynedd'), and Walter Davies ('Gwallter Mechain'). The collection is based on information received from Mary Richards ('Mair Risiart'), Darowen Vicarage, and contains copious extracts from 'Y Begeryn', being a manuscript in her possession containing impromptu verses by visiting poets, etc. The volume also contains transcripts of two letters, the one from J[ohn] Parry ['Bardd Alaw'] to the Reverend T[homas] Richards, Aberrhiw, 1822 (the success of Evan Evans ['Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'] as candidate for North Wales for a medal), and the other from Evan Evans ['Ieuan Glan Geirionydd'] to the Reverend T[homas] Richards, Caerwys [1816] (the recipient's promotion to the living of Caerwys, etc.); a list of books bought of the administrator of W[illiam] L[ewis] Walker [rector of Trefriw], 1863; and poetry by 'Gwilym Cowlyd' partly described as 'Y Ffetan Ysmaldod'.

Gwilym Cowlyd, 1828-1904

Llyfr Cerddi William Morgan,

A volume labelled 'Llyfr Cerddi William Morgan', being a collection largely of poetry compiled during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century by William Morgan (died 1728), Plassegwynio[n], Llanymawddwy, Merioneth. It contains 'Yr Eisteddfod ynghaerwys ... y 26 o fis May yn y nawfed flwyddyn o deyrnasiad y fre[n]hines Elizabeth ...' [1567], being a list of the gentlemen before whom it was held and of those who graduated in 'cerdd dafod' and 'cerdd dant'; 'cywyddau' by Mr Edmont Prees, Sion Philip, Gryffyth Lloyd ab Dafydd ab Einion Lligliw, Dafydd Nanmor, Ifan ap Howel Swrd[w]al, Ifan Tudur Penllyn, Dafydd ap Gwylim, Gruffyth Phylip fardd, William Phylip, Sion Tudur, Dafydd ap Ievan Lloyd, Sion Kerri, Dafydd Lloyd ap Llewelyn ap Gruffyth, Lewis Morganwg, Richard Lloyd, John David, Gutto Glyn, Lewis ab Edward, Simwynt Vychan, William Puw Llafar, Lewis Môn, Huw Llyn, Rees Edneved, Richard Phyllip, John Vaughan ('Esqr. o Gaer Gai'), John Rhydderch, Gwilym ab Syfnyn, Gruffyth ap Gronwy Gethin, Edward Vrien, William Cynwal and Rowland Price; 'englynion' by John Vaughan [Caer-gai], Syr Rees Cadwalada[r], Moris Robert, Robert Edward Lewis and John Davyd, and anonymous 'englynion'; 'carolau', 'cerddi', 'ymddiddanion', 'penillion', etc. by Evan Thomas, Cathring Sion, Gaynor Llwyd, Thomas Evan, Moris Richard, Huwkyn Sion, Hugh Moris, Gryffyth Moris Evan, Mr Edward Jones ('Vicar Mychynlleth'), Llywelun Cadwaladr, Sir Rees Cadwaladr, Rees Ellus, Evan Gruffydd, Mrs Jane Vaughan ('Caer gae'), Cadwaladr y Prydydd, John Morgan ('Vicar Aber Conwy', 1698), Lewis or Plas, Edward John ab Evan, Ellis Edward, John Davyd, Davyd Thomas ('o Sir Drefaldwn'), Thomas Llwyd ('or Rhiw'), Moris Richard and Robertt Evans ('o blwy Meifod'), and anonymous poems in free metres; and pedigrees of the family of Lloyd of Hendre y Mur [Maentwrog, Merioneth] and of William Pugh of Mathafarn [Montgomeryshire]; and 'Prognosticasiwn Sion Tudur'. At the end of the volume is a later section containing English verses and a log of a voyage [to London], 11 May - 11 June 1754. There are also copious additions on the blank pages and in the margins of the volume, including poetry by Cadwaladr ap Dewi and Dafudd Gryffydd ('ai Dychreuodd, John Llwyd ai diweddodd'); transcripts, 1721 and undated, of depositions and an incomplete lease touching properties in the township of Lowarch and in Lanerchvyda, Merioneth; undated accounts, e.g. 'Potatws a Count'; etc. There is an entry in the hand of 'Mair' [Richards, Darowen], 1853.

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