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Mounsey, William Henry, 1808-1877
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Barddoniaeth,

A volume of 'cywyddau', etc. transcribed by W[illiam] H[enry] Mounsey in 1859 from manuscripts in the British Museum ('Barddoniaeth sef Casgliad O Waith Beirdd Cymru. Tynwyd allan y Casgiad hwn O Ysgriflyfrau yn yr Amgueddfa Brydeinig Genyf fi, Wiliam Henri Mounsey O Gaerliwelyd [sic] yn Sir Cwmberland. 1859'), together with annotations by D. Silvan Evans. The poets represented are Iolo Goch, Llywelyn Moel y Pantri, Gruffydd Gryg, Iorwerth Cyriog, Gutto'r Glyn, Iorwerth Vynglwyd, Lewis Morganwg, Sefnyn, Sippyn Cyfeiliog, Syr D[afydd] Trefor, Robin Ddu ('hynaf, o Fôn'), Rhys Goch Eryri, Doctor Sion Cent, Rhys Brydydd, Llawdden, Dafydd Nanmor, Dafydd ap Edmwnt, Guttyn Owain, Deio ap Ieuan Du, Llewelyn ap Guttyn, Gruffydd Hiraethog, William Cynwal, Sion Tudur, William Lleyn, Morus Kyffin, Mredydd ap Rhys, Robert Dai Llwyd and Sion Gruffudd ('o Llanddyfnan'). There is a list of contents ('Cynnwysiad') at the beginning of the volume. Among the illustrations and cut-outs mounted on the fly-leaves and in blank spaces in the manuscript are engravings of Montgomery Castle, the Fall of the Ogwen, Conway Tubular Bridge and Castle, Llyn Idwall, Rhaiadr Du near Tan y Bwlch, Moel y Gest, Denbigh, Snowden [sic] and Llanberis Lake, Valle Cruces Abbey and Pont Aberglaslyn. The spine is lettered 'Casgliad o Waith Beirdd Cymru. W. H. Mounsey. 1859'.

Gwaith Ieuan Brydydd Hir - I,

A composite volume (256 pp.) probably put together by J. H. Davies containing material gathered by D. Silvan Evans for Gwaith y Parchedig Evan Evans ('Ieuan Brydydd Hir'), with some additional items (typescript) transcribed by 'T. H. J.' The printed volume appeared in 1876 (Caernarfon: Argraffedig gan H. Humphreys); however, the work had been in progress for a number of years. Pages 1-150 are almost entirely in the autograph of D. Silvan Evans and date from 1853 while pp. 151-226 contain transcripts made in 1861 by 'W. H. M. [i.e. Captain W. H. Mounsey, Carlisle, whose help Silvan Evans acknowledges in the preface to the printed volume]. A sheet addressed to 'Mr John Pryse, Bookseller, Llanidloes' (p. 144) and a possible reference to him by W. H. M[ounsey] (p. 165) suggest a connection between D. Silvan Evans and John Pryse. It is known from Pryse's reprint [1862] of Evan Evans, Some Specimens of the Poetry of the ancient Welsh Bards ..., p. [212] that he intended to publish a volume of 'The Welsh Works of Ieuan Prydydd Hir, (Barddoniaeth, Pregethau, a Llythyrau)' to be edited by 'one of the most eminent Welsh Literateurs'; however, the intention does not seem to have materialised. J. H. Davies has written at the end of the text 'All printed' [referring to the 1876 volume]; this is the case except for pp. 249-251.

Gwaith Ieuan Brydydd Hir - II,

A composite volume similar in format to Cwrtmawr MS 445 containing further transcripts by W. H. M[ounsey], 1861 (pp. 1-62, 65-80), copies (typewritten) of letters from Evan Evans to David Jones, Trefriw and to Richard Davies at Oxford and Holywell (pp. 81-127), a transcript of the poem 'The Love of our Country', 1772, and of a letter, 1767, from Evan Evans to Dr Humphrey Owen, Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, with a note (crossed out), 1868, from Evan Jones, Lampeter, followed by transcripts of other poems and letters included in the printed volume (1876). Loose in the volume are a transcript of a letter, 6 January 1777, from [David Jones] 'Dewi Fardd', Trefriw to Evan Evans and of a 'cywydd' by the same to the same (inserted after p. 127), and notes on Evan Evans in an earlier hand. J. H. Davies has written on the fly-leaves at the end of the volume: 'All printed in Gwaith I[euan] B[rydydd] Hir 1876 Except pp. 81-127'. The loose items were not printed either.

Gwaith William Llŷn,

A volume in the hand of D. Silvan Evans containing 'awdlau' and 'cywyddau' by Wiliam Lleyn. The transcripts were made c. 1869 and appear to be taken from more than one source, e.g. a manuscript of Paul Panton, 1779, and a manuscript of W. H. Mounsey based on a manuscript in the hand of [Owen Jones] 'Owen Myfyr'. At the end are 'Tri o'r Chwe Englyn a ddywedir i Ddafydd ab Gwilym wneuthur ar ei Glaf-wely' transcribed by D. Silvan Evans from a manuscript in the hand of ?D[avid] Ellis [Cricieth]. Beginning at the end are three pages of notes on 'Matter'.

Gweithiau Iolo Goch ...,

A copy of Charles Ashton: Gweithiau Iolo Goch gyda nodiadau hanesyddol a beirniadol (Croesoswallt, 1896), with annotations, some if not all by J. H. Davies. Inside the volume is a notebook probably in the autograph of Charles Ashton containing a list of the poems of Iolo Goch, with particulars of sources, etc., a shorter list in the autograph of D. Silvan Evans with a reference to a manuscript (then at Llanwrin, now Cwrtmawr MS 325) in the autograph of Wiliam Henri [sic] Mounsey, 1859, and a letter, [19]22, from Henry Lewis, Swansea to Principal [J. H.] Davies.

Testunau Cymraeg yn llaw W. H. Mounsey,

Two composite volumes of transcripts of Welsh texts, with copious annotations, in the hand of W[illiam] H[enry] Mounsey. The titles include 'Hynafion Dyffryn Clwyd' (printed in Y Brython, 1861, pp. 325-6), 'Llyma henwau Maen mawr werthiawg, ei gwrthiau, a'i nattur', 'Llyma lyfyr a elwir Graduelys' (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 413-16), 'Rhyfeddodau Palestin', 'Y Llyfr a elwir y Purdan', 'Prophwydoliaeth Dewi Sant', 'cywyddau' and 'englynion' by Huw ap Rissiart ap D'd, Evan Evans ['Ieuan Brydydd Hir'], Tudur Penllyn, Dafydd Nanmor, Morys Kyffin, 'Llyma henwae y kyffion kler a'r kerddorion a raddiwyd pan vu yr Eisteddfod ddiwaethaf yn tref Gaerwys', 'Llyfr Kadwedigaeth Kerdd Dant', Y Kaniadau y sydd ar y Bragod Gowair (with 'Ar y Kras Goweir y maent', etc.), 'Llyma ymddiddan a vu rhwng Adrian ag Eppig', 'Llyma Ache ag ymddiddane a vu rrwng Selyf ap D'dd brophwyd a Marcholffus', 'Hen chwedl Diawl y Dwndwr' (incomplete) (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 136-7), 'Herodraeth' [i.e. Llyfr Arfau or Disgrifiad Arfau] (incomplete), 'Llyma Ddosbarth y Saith Gelfyddyd', 'Prophwydoliaeth y Bardd Cwsg', 'Prophwydoliaeth y Wennol', 'Cynghorion i amryw ddolurie' (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 339-40), 'Klod Kerdd Dafod', (see D. Gwenallt Jones 'Clod Cerdd Dafod', Llen Cymru I, pp. 186-7), 'Achau Powys' (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 124-7), 'Chronicl Cymreig' (incomplete), 'Mynachlog yr Ysbryd Glân' (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 361-5), 'Arwyddion Dydd Barn' (Y Brython, 1860, p. 56), 'Buchedd Marthin Sant', 'Llyma ystori VII doethion Ryvain (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 81-94) (with variant readings), 'Hanes Gwidw' (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 241-6), 'Arglwydd Glyndwr' (Y Brython, 1860, p.345), 'Siartrau y Waen' (Y Brython, 1861, pp. 337-9), 'Rinwedd y Ceilog' (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 56-7), 'Llyma ystori teitys vab ysbysionys' (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 41-4), 'Pa le y claddwyd y Prydyddion hyn' (Y Brython, 1860, pp. 137-8), 'Rhinweddau croen Neidr' (Y Brython, 1860, p. 137), ['Man-gofion'] (Y Brython, 1860, p. 269), etc. The majority of the transcripts are based on manuscripts in the British Museum. There are occasional annotations and references in the hand of D. Silvan Evans. The volumes are lettered respectively 'Welsh Tracts MSS W. H. Mounsey Vol. I' and 'Welsh Tracts MSS W. H. Mounsey Vol. II.'

Testunau Cymraeg yn llaw W. H. Mounsey, etc.

A composite volume of the period c. 1869-70, almost entirely in the hand of W[illiam] H[enry] Mounsey and containing miscellaneous extracts and fragments of transcripts of literary and historical texts, with copious annotations by the scribe. Among the contents are a collation of the printed text of Y Marchog Crwydrad (Y Brython, 1862, pp. 1-17, 138-52, 257-67, 361-74) with the text of Llanstephan MS 178; 'Iolo Morganwg's opinion of Lewis Morris'; an Irish-English glossary (part of letter A, 4 pp.); 'Prophwydoliaeth y Ddau Fuddugoliaeth a gant Hwch y Maran', with an English translation; 'Stabat Mater', with an English translation; 'englynion', 'cywyddau', etc. from a variety of sources, such as 'Llyfr Hir' and 'Llyfr Du' and manuscripts of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') and David Thomas ('Dafydd Ddu Eryri'), 'Llythyr at Dafydd Jones [Trefriw]' from John Pywel, Rhyd Eirin, Llansannan, 1766; etc. The spine is lettered 'Welsh Miscellanea - W. H. Mounsey'.

Testunau Cymraeg, etc.

A composite volume in the hand of W[illiiam] H[enry] Mounsey containing 'englynion' by Sion Tudur, Morys Dwyfech (Morys ap Ifan ap Einion), Syr Ifan o Garno, Master Thomas Llwyd, Gruffydd ap Ifan ap Ll'n Fychan, Rhys Cain, Edward Morys, Ieuan Gethin ap Ieuan ap Lleision Syr Lewis, Sion Vaughan, Huw Llwyd Cynfael, Wiliam Cynwal, Wm Phylip, Tudur Aled and Syr Owain, and anonymous 'englynion'; a 'cywydd' (incomplete) by Gruffydd Llwyd ap Dafydd ap Einion Llygliw; prose texts, including 'Hanes 24 Brenin a varnwyd yn benna ac yn wrola o'r Brutaniaid i Ddeiliad ac i gwncwerio ...', '... y llyvyr a elwir Ymryson yr Enaid a'r Corph yr hwn a droes Iolo Goch o Ladin ynghymraec', 'Y naw rhinwedd a ddanvonodd Duw i druan ddyn', ' ... y llyvyr i ddysgu adnabod pawb wrth liw', 'Natturie y Saith Blaned', '...y llyvyr a ddanvones Alesdottlys i Aleysander Mawr o adnabodigaeth dynion wrth eu cyrph', pedigrees, etc.; 'The Tragical Death of the Children of Lir or the Second Woe of Irish Story' ('Translated by Edward O'Reilly Author of the Irish Dictionary'); 'Cath Cluana Tairbh' (fragment, 2 folios); and a fragment of 'Y Marchog Krwydrad', from Llanwrin MS 2 (NLW MS 15533). The majority of the prose texts were transcribed from manuscripts in the British Museum during the period 1859-60 and many of them were printed in Y Brython, 1859-60. The spine is lettered 'Welsh and Irish Tracts. W. H. Mounsey'.