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Llwyd, Humphrey, 1527-1568
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  • NLW MS 11610D.
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  • [1585x1685]

An incomplete folio manuscript containing genealogies, mainly of North Wales families, written towards the end of the sixteenth century, together with extensive additions, revisions, and critical observations in a number of hands (including 'H.R.' amd 'E.Ll.') of approximately the period 1633-1685. The volume is a compilation from various sources, of which some are specified, e.g. the hands of books of Lewys ap Edward, H[umphrey] L[lwyd], Simwnt Vychan, Lewys Dwnn (based in one instance on 'llyfr koch o bowys' - 'Pechod na losgid y llyfr hwnnw'), Ievan Llwyd Jeffrey, Geo[rge] Owen, Gruff[ydd] Hiraethoc, W[illia]m Llyn, William Kynwal, John 'vn llawioc', 'Mr. Puleston o Drefalyn', Guttyn Owen, 'y llyfr dv o gaer vyrddin', etc.

Brut y Tywysogion

A manuscript containing Brut y Tywysogion interspersed with the remarks and comments of Dr Powel's edition of H. Lloyd [Humphrey Llwyd]: Historie of Cambria now called Wales (1584) (although certain references in the margins to the pages of Dr Powel's edition do not tally with the 1584 edition). The compiler has also added comments of their own in English, and continued the history down to 1544.

Commonplace book

A composite volume in the hand of the Rev. Evan Evans (Ieuan Fardd) containing Welsh and English poetry (pp. 1-102, 127-207, 215-393, 497-507, 549-664), by Ieuan Fardd himself, Edward Richard, Tudur Aled and Edmwnd Prys and others, as well as extracts from Pope's Messiah (including a Welsh translation) (pp. 33, 47) and a translation from the work of Milton (pp. 215-242). One poem (pp. 153-173) is dedicated to Sir Watkin Williams Wynn. There are also extracts from Virgil's Fourth Eclogue, with Beattie's translation into English (pp. 13-28), from Dryden's translation of Virgil (109: The Song of Simeon) (pp. 103-114), from Lord Lyttelton's history of Henry II (1767) (pp. 115-125), and from 'Llyfr Plas y Ward' ('Ystori Gr: ap Cynan') (pp. 397-428); copies of letters from Dr Tancred Robinson to Robert Davies, Llannerch, and between Robert Davies and William Lloyd, bishop of St Asaph (pp. 429-451); 'A letter on British History' relating to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Humphrey Llwyd and others (pp. 461-492); a copy of a translation, 1629, by the Rev. Richard Lloyd of a work by Arthur Dent (second edition (1683), edited by Charles Edwards, with a copy of Charles Edwards's preface) (pp. 493-496); a copy of the title, dedication, etc. of James Howell's Lexicon Tetraglotton (London, 1660) (pp. 513-548); etc.

Detholiadau amrywiol

Extracts, mainly by Stephens, from printed sources, such as The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales and works by John David Rhys, Humphrey Lhuyd and Edward Jones ('Bardd y Brenin'); transcripts from Welsh pedigrees in British Museum Harleian MS 3859; and material relating to the alleged existence of the Welsh or White Indians - 'Y Madogwys'.

Humphrey Lhuyd's History of Wales,

  • NLW MS 23202B
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  • [16 cent., second ½]

A volume, second half of XVI cent., probably in the hand of Thomas Powell (d. 1588), Parc y Drewen, Whittington, co. Salop, containing a much shortened text of Humphrey Lhuyd's English version of Brut y Tywysogion, upon which version David Powel based his Historie of Cambria, now called Wales ... (London, 1584) (see Brut y Tywysogion ... ed. Thomas Jones (Cardiff, 1952), pp. xiv-xviii. Omissions mainly involve passages relating to events outside Wales, church affairs and the papacy, anecdotes, explanations of Welsh personal and place-names, and the arguments against Polydore Vergil). Also included are a pedigree of the kings and princes of North Wales from Cadwaladr to Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (ff. iv-v verso), a painted coat of arms of Cadwaladr (f. 1), and an index of personal and place-names (ff. 168-70 verso). Six lines of English verse are added in a contemporary hand on f. 171 verso.

Powell, Thomas, d. 1588

Letters to Abraham Ortelius,

  • NLW MS 13187E.
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  • 1568-1571 /

Three letters, 1568-1571, written in Latin to Abraham Ortelius, the Flemish cartographer, the first, 3 August 1568, from Humphrey Llwyd (Lhuyd), physician and antiquary, at Denbigh when he was mortally ill (a contemporary note, possibly by Ortelius, at the foot of the letter states that he died 31 August ('prid. Cal. Sept.') [1568]), the second, 2 November 1570, from Robert Owen in haste at Douai, and the third, 2 January 1570[/1], from Hu: Owen, brother of Robert Owen, at the earl of Arundel's house in London, all three letters connected with each other and with the work of Humphrey Llwyd. In the top left hand corner they are numbered in pencil 27, 31 and 34: these are the numbers which were given to them when they were published in chronological order by J. H. Hessels in Ecclesiae Londino- Batavae Archivum, Tom. 1, Abrahami Ortelii . . . epistulae (Cantabrigiae, 1887). The pagination in ink (421-4, 829-30, and 425-6) and other numbers in pencil (? 131, 211 and 210) appear to belong to earlier arrangements of the letters, one in order of Christian names, the other in order of surnames (Hessels, op. cit., pp. x-xi). The Humphrey Llwyd letter has been reproduced as a frontispiece to the Annual Report of the National Library of Wales, 1967-1968. In his letter Llwyd acknowledges receipt of Ortelius's description of Asia, refers to his own serious illness, and sends Ortelius his (Llwyd's) map of Wales, two maps of England, and what he describes as some fragments of a description of Britain written in his own hand. Only the conclusion of the letter (after 'vale'), one or two insertions and corrections, the address and an endorsement are in the handwriting of Humphrey Llwyd. The endorsement reads 'Mr Owen [i.e. Hugh Owen] fold vp these saff & delyuer theym at on EMANVEL house at Somers kay beneth bylyngesgate to be sent to Antwerp: vale' (see also Trans. Cymmr., 1937, plate facing p. 136). Hugh Owen and Robert Owen were Roman Catholics and of the Owen family of Plas-du, Llanarmon, co. Caernarvon (see D.W.B. under Owen family of Plas-du, Caerns., and the references given there). Robert Owen in his letter enquires on behalf of his brother whether the description of England and the chorography of Wales by the late Humphrey Llwyd, together with a letter written in Latin, have reached Ortelius. He asks him not to write to Douai as he will be going to England for the sake of his health following a serious illness, but rather to direct his letter to his brother or him at the earl of Arundel's house in London. Hugh Owen acknowledges receipt of a letter from Ortelius from which he learned that Humphrey Llwyd's brief commentary of Britain with the map of Wales has reached him safely and thanks him for so readily embracing the last, but immature and imperfect, works of their common friend. He is sorry knowledge of Ortelius's doubts about certain words did not reach him before his brother left the Netherlands but he will do his utmost to fill the gap if Ortelius will send him notes and lists both of the words in the commentary and of the matters and places in the map. He has kept a copy of the book lest any harm should befall it in transit and so that it need not be sent back if Ortelius is in doubt on any point [It was published under the title Commentarioli Britannicae descriptionis fragmentum. Auctore Hum/redo Lhuyd, Denbyghiense, Cambro Britanno (Coloniae Agrippinae: Apud Ioannem Birckmannum, 1572)].

Humphrey Llwyd, Robert Owen and Hugh Owen.

Letters to the Reverend D. E. Jenkins,

Forty letters, etc., from Henry Lambert (for the Under Secretary of State, Colonial Office), Downing Street, 1914 (a reply to a query relating to Samuel Shute [1662-1742], Governor of New England), Audrey S. Lee, Kew Gardens, undated (personal, thanks for a book about Wales), [the Reverend] Robert M[cClellan] L[auriston] Lee, Yetminster Vicarage, Sherborne, 1906 (2) (information relating to [the Reverend] Edward and [the Reverend] Blakely Cooper, father and son, successively vicars of Yetminster, and a copy of a memorial inscription to the former, ob. 1810), C[harles] Leudesdorf (registrar), University Registry, Oxford, 1923 (extracts from University records relating to four persons named Thomas Beynon, who had been members of the University), [the Reverend] J[ohn] Morgan Lewis, Llanddeiniol, 1906 (searches in the Llanddeiniol parish registers), [the Reverend] J[ohn] T[imothy] Lewis, The Rectory, Llanfyrnach, 1906 (an extract from the Llanfyrnach parish register recording the burial of the Rev[eren]d David Davies, rector of the parish, 1820, and a copy of the inscription on his tombstone), [the Reverend] W[illiam] R[ichardson] Linton, Shirley Vicarage, Derby, 1906 (2) (information relating to [the Reverend] W[alter] Shirley, ob. 1859, and [the Reverend] W[alter] A[ugustus] Shirley, ob. 1847 [father and son], both former vicars of Shirley), [the Reverend] E[van] D[avid] Lloyd, Mallwyd Rectory, 1906 (the Rev[erend] Thomas Morgan's curacy at Mallwyd, 1783-1800 ), John Edward Lloyd (professor of History, University College of North Wales), Bangor, 1915 (enclosing a testimonial in support of recipient's application for a teaching post), [the Reverend] J[ohn] S[mith] Longdon, The Rectory, Cadoxton - Barry, [19]60 (a list of the rectors of Cadoxton, 1626-1902), the Rev[erend] A. Macdonald (pastor of the Congregational church), Milborne Port, 1904 (the pastors of the church, 1754-1785, an appeal for a financial contribution towards the church), Arthur J. Mackey (diocesan registrar), Diocesan Registry, Exeter, 1905 (information relating to the Rev[erend] W[illia]m Williams, curate of St. Gennys [co. Cornwall], circa 1794), John E[yton] B[ickersteth] Mayor, [Kennedy Professor of Latin, University of] Cambridge, 1904 (information regarding the Rev[erend] John Mayor, vicar of Shawbury, ob. 1826, ? the writer's grandfather, the writer's opinion that Mr. [Thomas] Charles's letters, ? to the Reverend John Mayor, must have been destroyed years ago in a great holocaust at Cossington parsonage, drawing recipient's attention to an analysis of the story of Mary Jones and her Bible in W[illia]m Canton: [A] Hist[ory] of the [British and Foreign] Bible Soc[iety (London, 1904)], vol. I, appendix i), K. A. Mayor, ? sister of the previous writer, [London], undated (enclosing sketches of Shawbury church and village (missing), and extracts from letters sent by the Rev[eren]d John Mayor, from Shawbury, to his son, William Henry Mayor, in Bermuda, 1825 (personal and family news), by Lieut[ enant] John Mayor, R.N. [son of the aforementioned Reverend John Mayor], from Shawbury, to [his brother] W. H. Mayor, 1826 (the death of their father), and by the Rev[eren]d Robert Mayor [another son of the said Reverend John Mayor] to his brother, W. H. Mayor, at Madeley, 1829 (the writer's return from Ceylon, personal and family affairs, the settlement of the Catholic emancipation question)), [the Reverend] Cha[rle]s Morgan, Rhoscrowther Rectory, 1904 (a record in the Rhoscrowther parish register of the marriage of John Charles and Alice Gwyther, 1811), [the Reverend] Dan[ie]l Morgan, Llantrisant Rectory, Anglesey, 1907 (a copy of a memorial inscription to John Jones of Bodynolwyn wen, parish of Llantrisant, ob. 1813), Evan E[dward] Morgan, Brecon, 1914-1915 (6) (information relating to members of the Cook or Coke family having connections with the Brecon and Llanfrynach areas, mention of Joseph Harris [1704-1764, brother of Howel Harris], his book on optics [A Treatise on Optics (London, 1775)], his astronomical observations at Trevecka 'which he proposed to read before the Royal Society in London', his essay on money [An Essay Upon Money and Coins (1757)], and his mission to the West Indies, references to 'Poole's History of Breconshire' [Edwin Poole: The Illustrated History and Biography of Brecknockshire (Brecknock,1886)], an elderly resident of Brecon (circa 1902-1904), who had seen Eliz[abeth] Prichard, née Harris [daughter of Howel Harris], the doubts about publishing the 'Historical Magazine' [Cylchgrawn Cymdeithas Hanes y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd, the first part of which appeared in March 1916], a list of the shareholders of the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal in 1840 which included the name of Prichard Howell Harries, extracts from [Edwin] Poole [:History . . . of Brecknockshire] relating to T[homas] J[effery] Llewelyn Prichard, author of [The Adventures and Vagaries of] Twm Shon Catti [(Aberystwyth, 1828)], the possibility that Prichard was 'of the Harris breed', thanks for a copy of Bishop [aft. Archbishop Alfred George] Edwards: Landmarks [in the History of the Welsh Church (London, 1912)], with comments on the work), W. Morgan, Ilford, [19]20 (property transactions), A. Morris, Newport, [co.] Mon[mouth], [19]15 (the writer's intended work on Methodism in Monmouthshire), Lewis Morris, Carmarthen, [19]06 (the writer's grandmother, Mary Anne Morris, née Reynolds, ob. 1839), A[ndrew] Munro (bursar), Queen' s College, Cambridge, [19]32 (information relating to Robert Humphreys, B. A., of Queen's College, 1805, and Robert Humphreys, B.A., of the same college, 1843), F[rederick] J[ohn] North, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 1937 (a query concerning the brothers Hugh and Robert Owen, who were connected with the publication of the maps of Humphrey Lhuyd [1527-1568, physician and antiquary. See F. J. North: Humphrey Lhuyd's Maps of England and of Wales (Cardiff, 1937), pp. 11-12]), W. T. Ottewill, India Office, Whitehall, 1935 (a note on the Reverend Josiah Woodward who had been appointed 'to the Chapel of Poplar' by the East India Company in 1690) ( attached is a copy of a letter addressed by Josiah Woodward to the secretary of the said Company, 1710), Owen J. Owen, West Kirby, 1918 (the writer's interest in any source-material relating to Thomas Charles and the Methodist cause in Liverpool), Frederick Pane, Abergele, [19]11 (inviting recipient to deliver an address to a class of young men), A. Parnell, Littlehampton, 1907 (the writer's great-uncle, Thomas Parnell), [the Reverend] David Phillips, Radyr Rectory, Cardiff, 1907 (2) (the Rev[erend] Daniel Jones, curate of Radyr, circa 1787-1821, the communion plate presented to the parish in 1784), Andrew Picken (secretary), Queen's University, Belfast, 1932 (recipient's request to be admitted as a candidate for a doctor's degree, and his gift of three books to the University), K[enneth] Povey (librarian), Queen's University, Belfast, 1932 (acknowledging receipt of a copy of recipient's biography of Thomas Charles), and A[rthur] Ivor Pryce (diocesan registrar), Diocesan Registry, Bangor, 1905-1907 (3) (searches in the diocesan records on behalf of recipient, recipient's book on Beddgelert, good wishes for the success of recipient's magnum opus [on Thomas Charles], general comments on church restoration, the writing of biography, the 18th century church's policy of moderating enthusiasm, and the wisdom of the steps taken by [Thomas] Charles and his friends).