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A journey in cos. Glamorgan and Carmarthen; agricultural data; etc.,

A volume in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') containing accounts of a journey made by the said Edward Williams through parts of cos. Glamorgan and Carmarthen in June 1796, agricultural data, etc. P. ix is inscribed 'Agricultural Observations, &c., 1796', and p. xi 'Agricultural Observations Made in a Journey thro some Parts of Glamorgan and Caermarthenshire In June 1796 By Edward Williams'. Pp. 1-116 contain an account of the aforementioned journey, the writer setting out from the parish of Flimston, co. Glamorgan, and travelling via the parish of St. Athan, Newton Down, Pyle, Margam, Swansea, the parish of Langyvelach, Pont ar Dulais, Llanedy Forest, Llanon, Llandarog, Carmarthen, Abergwily, Llanllawddog, Glangwily, and Brechva, to Ystyffylau Carn Mountain, co. Carmarthen, and thence back via Pibwr Village, Llangyndeyrn, Llandyfaelog, Kidwely, Llanelly, Lougher, Swansea, Morris Town, the parish of Llansamled, Neath, and Pont Rhyd y Fen, to Llangynwyd. Observations are made on the topography, geology, soil, climate, vegetation, horticultural and agricultural produce and methods, local industries, mineral resources, buildings, people, etc., of the areas visited, and there are also agricultural and horticultural observations and suggestions of a more general nature arising from what the writer saw. Pp. 117-20 + 125 contain further notes being addenda to the material in pp. 1-116, and pp. 121-4 (misplaced) notes headed 'Orchards and Gardening'. Pp. 133-61 contain a section headed 'Anecdotes of Ancient Agriculture In the County of Glamorgan' which includes notes relating to ancient lime quarries and marl pits in Glamorgan, allusions to references relating to agriculture and horticulture in the works of certain Welsh bards, the Welsh laws, and other Welsh manuscripts, a reference to a 'very ancient' Welsh manuscript treatise on agriculture called 'Cynghorion Hen wr izei vab yng nghylch trin Tir a Neveilod' or 'Cato Gymraeg', and notes on the practice of alternating manures, whilst pp. 165-224 contain an incomplete section headed 'Manures' which lists eighteen 'manures of Glamorgan' and deals in great detail with the properties, results, etc., of two of these, viz. marl and lime. Pp. 237-84 contain a section dealing with the rotation of crops [? in co. Glamorgan] which outlines and comments on different schemes or courses of rotation for different soils, and pp. 285-316 contain fifty-one numbered paragraphs providing miscellaneous information and data relating to co. Glamorgan including a list of buildings, etc., attributed to Inigo Jones, notes on Frampton House, a measure called 'Mesur Llath Fleddyn', locations where astroites, trochites, alabaster, mundic, tobacco-pipe clay, and Stourbridge clay were to be found, New Margam (or Tai Bach) with the copper works and colliery located there, Melin Grufudd and the tin mills there, St. Mary Hill Down, Penlline Castle, the building of Rumney Bridge, Ffynon Gattwg, the islands called Landaff Arles in the river Tave, the locations of veins of rag lias and bastard lias, 'the several Tracts of [the] Country [of Glamorgan] and their soil', Dyffryn Goluch, and Riwperra Castle, copies of memorial inscriptions in various churches and churchyards, etc. Another or draft version of the account of the journey described on pp. 1-116 is to be found on pp. 317-80.


  • NLW MS 23272C
  • File
  • 1835, 1866, 1929 /

A copy of Evan Griffiths, Esponiad ar y Bibl Sanctaidd ... Cyfrol IV (Abertawy, 1835) with leaves pasted to the stubs of leaves excised at the beginning of the volume, on which Wiliam Siôn (1874-1947), Cefn Cribwr, Tythegston, later of Cymer, Glyncorrwg, co. Glamorgan, has transcribed, 1929, Welsh poetry in strict metre from Cardiff MS 5.44, 'Llyfr Hir Llanharan' (written c. 1613, by Llywelyn Siôn), ff. 1-14 and compiled lists of the contents of the original manuscript (ff. iv, xix-xxxi verso), of the poets whose works it contains (ff. xi-xvi verso, xxxii-iv) and of the patrons to whom they sang (ff. v-x). Also included are a biographical note on Llywelyn Siôn (f. iii verso), and a brief account of 'Y Wentaeg', the Welsh dialect of Gwent, Morgannwg and part of Brycheiniog (f. lxxxi recto-verso).

Siôn, Wiliam, 1874-1947

Edward Lhuyd letter to the Bishop of Bangor

An autograph letter, 9 June 1698, from Edward Lhuyd, Pembroke, to [Humphrey Humphreys], Bishop of Bangor, relating to Lhuyd's ongoing tour of South Wales, describing the difficulties faced in corresponding, his fossil collecting and his research into Welsh manuscripts (f. 1).
Also included is an engraved portrait of Lhuyd, 1796 (f. 2).

Lhuyd, Edward, 1660-1709


A volume made up of about two hundred and ten items of correspondence, 1809-1810 and 1823-1825, nearly all addressed to William Owen Pughe. Some of the letters had been cut out before pagination. Where the date is not given in the ensuing description the letters belong to the period 1823-1825. The correspondents are: pp. 461, 465, The Earl of Aberdeen, President, Society of Antiquaries of London (2) (printed notices); pp. 347, 649, 667, 683, 709, 713, Chas. V. Barnard, Islington (6) (personal and business matters, he is sorry he betrayed the secret); p. 725, Archdeacon Thos. Beynon, Llandeilo-fawr (1) (sending copies of Cerddi . . . ar y Gwanwyn (1825), with draft reply); pp. 395, 623, C[harles] Broster, N[orth] W[ales] Gazette Office, Bangor (2) (re accounts); p. 745, Nich[ola]s Carlisle, Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries (1) (the Society's thanks for the addressee's exhibition of a gold torque discovered near Cader Idris in 1823); p. 11, Tho. Chandless [London], 1810 (1) (re the writer's property in Wales); p. 63, [?Joseph Davies], 'Ioseb ab Dewi', Llynlleiviad [Liverpool] (1) (he has not yet decided what to do); pp. 173, 479, Thomas Edward, [London] (2) (acquainting him of Mr. [David] Davis (Wullt[sic])'s illness, asking him to call upon the Reverend D. Owen at Spa Fields Chapel house); pp. 165, 335, 381, 501, 671, Thos. Edwards ['Caerfallwch'], [London] (5) (he has attempted to translate Bishop Porteus's poem on 'Death', a short holiday in Southend, urging the addressee to begin an English-Welsh Dictionary, mention of various individuals); pp. 77, 103, 111, 115, 149, J[ames] Evans , [London] (5) (sending a letter received from James Hughes ['Iago Trichrug'], matters connected with the Cymmrodorion, etc.); p. 535, E[len] Fenton (daughter) (1) (mention of crops, farming stock, a narrow escape from drowning, etc.); pp. 163, 301, J[ohn] Fenton (son-in-law), Tan y Gyrt and Segrwyd [nr. Denbigh] (2) (references to members of the writer's family, requesting a Welsh translation of Heber's words 'Brightest and best of the sons of the morning', expenditure at Segrwyd); pp. 475, 663, Thos. P. Foley, Oldswinford (2, one in part to [C. V.] Barnard) (acknowledging the safe arrival of the four cases and S.W. [? Sealed Writings], a visit to Mr. Kynnersleys in Staffordshire); p. 641, R. Fox, Hawk-stone [Shrewsbury postmark] (1) (arrangements if the addressee could come there); pp. 87, 193, Job Walden Hammer, Lincoln's Inn (2) (requesting an English translation of an ode to Sir Thos. Hanmer by William Lleyn, reference to the removal of the books of the Society of Cymmrodorion from the Welsh School to the Freemasons [?Hall]); p. 169, William Hammer, [London] (1) (requesting a copy and a translation of an ancient MS in the Cymmrodorion Collection relating to Sir Thos. Hammer and also information re Karwed); p. 383, H[ugh] Hughes, Engraver, Caermarthen [sic] (1) (anxiety about a manuscript left at the addressee's house); p. 249, H. Hughes, Tysoe Street [London] (1) (apologising for not being at hand when the addressee called, mention of (printing) types and of 'his disagreeable affair'); p. 521, a printed sheet containing a list of articles which could be supplied by H. Hughes, Bookseller and Stationer, No. 15, St. Martin-le-Grand, London; pp. 85, 107, 123, 273, 387, 391, James Hughes, 'Iago Trichrug', Deptford (6, one to J[ames] Evans, Secretary of the Metropolitan Cambrian Institution) (mention of Mel Awen [by Peter Jones, 'Pedr Fardd'], his return home after a journey lasting sixteen weeks, he has translated [Robert] Blair's poem 'The Grave', sending 'englynion' for the addressee to look over, the writer's circumstances, reference to bringing two letters from [Sign Wiliam Prisiart], Plas y Brain, and to the death of David [Davis], Macclesfield Street, Thomas Jones, Liverpool, would like to have his 'awdl' back if possible); p. 573 (ending on 571), Eliza Jones [artist], Foley Place [London] (1) (the very liberal conduct of the addressee and Mr. [John] Jones, ['Tegid'] and the very elegant present); pp. 179, 419, 463, 467, 495, 503, 585, 589, 595, 621, Griffith Jones, 36 Threadneedle Street [London] (10, including circulars) (matters in connection with the Cymmrodorion, etc.); pp. 81, 145, 399, 497, 517, 563, 721, John Jones, 'Tegid', Ch[rist] Ch[urch], Oxford (7, the last including a note to Henry Morrell) (his appointment to the precentorship, mention of a visit from Mr. Wifen [sic], the translator of Tasso, literary matters, he has requested a Miss Jones to take the addressee's likeness, Welsh orthography, a transcript of part of a letter from the Reverend Rowland Williams of Meivod, re acknowledging Miss Jones for her trouble, mention of their friend [B. R.] Perkins, the melancholy fate of J. H. Parry, introducing Mr. Manse], a student of Christ Church, the living of Dolgelley, the writer is to succeed to the mastership of Ch[rist] Ch[urch] School); (continued)

pp. 7, 19, 37, Owen Jones, Myvyr, London, 1810 (3) (financial matters, mention of Tyddyn Tudur); p. 175, R. Humphreys Jones, Ruthin (1) ( sending the rules of the Ruthin Welsh Literary Society) (enclosure wanting ); pp. 67, 89, 167, 233, 297, 593, 603, Tho[mas] Jones, ['Y Bardd Cloff'], Long Acre (7) (invitations, mention of poetical compositions); p. 319, Mr . [ ] Landseer, n.d. (1) (a request for facts, chiefly dates, concerning the late Mr. [William] Sharp, engraver, for a biographical memoir for the European Magazine); p. 733, Mr. and Mrs. Lawledge, Pentonville (1) (an invitation); pp. 485, 607, William Leathart, [London] (2) (requesting a Welsh translation of an announcement concerning 'Society of Undeb Cymry', with William Owen Pughe's translation, the writer's intention to publish a collection of 'Pennillion' [sic]); pp. 245, 275, 431, John Lloyd, Brompton and Knightsbridge, probably one and the same person, (3) (repaying an old debt, his circumstances, mention of a connection with Plas Llandyfrydog, Anglesey, acknowledging a gift of books, a request concerning testimonials, reference to the death of [David] Davies, Macclesfield Street, Soho); p. 675, Angharad Llwyd, Caerwys (1) (rejoicing at the appointment of the addressee's son, an invitation to the addressee); pp. 79, 645, R[ichard] Llwyd, Caer Lleon (Chester) (2) (Angharad Llwyd's anxiety about her essay, two events produced by the death of [J. H.] Parry, Branwen's urn); p. 507, W. Marchant [printer, London] (1) (anxiety about the Transactions (of the Cymmrodorion); p. 617, R. J. Maurice, Greenwich (1) (the safe arrival of the writer's mother and family from Wales); pp. 3, 33, Samuel R. Meyrick, Chelsea, 1809-1810 (2) (queries, mention of a Nennius manuscript in the Heralds College, the vexation caused by the excess of typographical error in the History of Cardiganshire, the spiteful behaviour of [Evan] Williams the stationer in the Strand); pp. 59, 293, 367, R[ichard] Newcome, Ruthin (3) (requesting copies of poems on Dr. Gabriel Goodman); p. 127, Geo. Nightingale, London (1) (requesting information about Col[one]l Wm Tooke Harwood); pp. 15, 39, 43, 47, T[homas] H[inton] B[urley] Oldfield, [London], 1809-1810 (4) (entreating a continuation of the addressee's assistance in the work he is preparing for the press and thanking him for his valuable communications); pp. 267, 577, The Princess Olive of Cumberland (2) (she wishes to see the addressee); pp. 91, 141, 161, 269, 283, 289, 305, 315, 331, 371, 421, 491, 538, 637, 741, Aneurin Owen (son), Nantglyn, etc (15) (an account of a journey from London, crops, financial matters, the recovery of the boat on Llyn Cau near Talyllyn, the finding of a gold torque in a turbary at the foot of Cader Idris by the son of the rector of Dolgellau while shooting, replying to an enquiry about Hughes the wood engraver's book [cf. letter from H[ugh] Hughes, p. 383], mention of a magic lantern, an air ('Llwyd y gwrych'), reference to Capt. Tuck and to the addressee's unfortunate affair, visits to Nannau and Bodtalog and to see Mr. Jeffreys of Glan dyvi' s house, estate matters, Mr. Humphreys Parry's application to Col. Vaughan for permission to examine the library at Hengwrt, the death of J. Humph[r] ies Parry, hoping the addressee will not neglect to apply for Parry's post for himself or for the writer, asking about Joanna's mission (after the death of Jane Townley), mention of [Robert] Roberts, Caergybi (Holyhead), Elen and Fenton, Evan William, a noted [Merioneth] penillion singer, etc.); Isabella Owen, see under Isabella Owen Pughe; pp. 265, 481, 533, Owen Owen (brother), London (3) (invitations, mention of Mr. (?)Donthovon); p. 509, Anna Maria Parry, [London] (1) (the death of her brother John [i.e. J. H. Parry]); pp. 209, 237, 343, John Parry, 26 Oxford St. [London] (3) (re the late Edward Jones's books and manuscripts, with a note to Parry from [Samuel] Sotheby, the Cymmrodorion); pp. 71, 205, 213, 225, 253, 279, 429, 455, John H[umffreys] Parry, [London] (8) (matters in connection with the Cymmrodorion, including the Transactions, reference to having to accompany Mrs. Parry into the country (Llanvyllin) on account of her father's serious illness); pp. 95, 137, 375, Benjamin] R. Perkins, Oxford and [London] (3) (queries in connection with Antoninus's Itinerary); pp. 257, 259, S[iôn] W[iliam] Prisiart, Plasybrain (2) (the addressee's letter to him has miscarried, wishing him well in his intention to publish a new (shortened) edition of the Dictionary, the new order at Plasgwyn, developments in Anglesey, entreating a letter); (continued)

pp. 73, 131, 157, 327, 351, 409, 439, 447, 559, William Probert, Walmsley Chapel (9) (mention of his work [The Ancient Laws of Cambria], references to Robert Dunn and others, an invitation, why he used the terms Cambrian and Cambria, questions about the bardic alphabet, criticizing Telyn Dewi, requesting information about the prize medal awarded to him at the annual meeting of the Cymmrodorion in London for the best essay on Welsh pedigrees, how he attended the Powys Eisteddfod [September, 1824] on the first day, [J. H.] Parry's death, he is delighted to find that Mr. Hughes has cast a fount of bardic types, commending the decision of the Cymmrodorion to engrave the addressee's 'ardeb'); pp. 119, 413, 443, 525, 529, 539, 551, 613 (Postscript on 611), 631, 653, 658 (ending on 681), 659, 677, 691, 697, Edward Protheroe, Gaddesden and London, etc. (15) (his wish to see the addressee, mention of Welsh genealogical manuscripts, Mr. Murray and the addressee's translation of the Mabinogion, Mr. Rees's answer, criticism of the drawings); pp. 93, 287, 423, 492, 744, Isabella Owen Pughe (daughter) (5) (family matters, etc., celebrations and a fatality in Denbigh); p. 727, [William Owen Pughe ], Tan y Gyrt (1, draft reply to Archdeacon Thomas Beynon); p. 451, Richard Rees, 14 Percy Street [London] (1) (asking him to vote for Henry Woollcombe at the next meeting of the Antiquarian Society); pp. 543, 627, W. J. Rees, Cascob nr. Presteign [sic] (2) (the appeal following the death of [J. H. Parry], re safeguarding the papers probably left by him, he understands that Edward Jones's books fetched high prices, the writer's transcript of a treatise on the Lordships Marchers of Wales, mention of [John] Jenkins of Kerry); p. 425, J[ohn?] Roberts, Limehouse (1) (they are building a vessel to be called 'Carnbre Castle' and would like a figure of a Druid for the head [i.e. figure-head]); pp. 457, 547, Rob[ert] Roberts, Caergybi (2) (two requests, one for a certificate or a petition for Judith Williams, widow of the Reverend William Williams, curate of Llanelian, Anglesey, the other for specimens of paper from two (London) firms, he has a press ready to begin work on 1 May [1824], sending an almanac and also Eurgrawn Mon together with a packet for Dr. Fry); p. 29, Robt. Roy, Fulham, 1810 (1) (acknowledging receipt of a letter and a draft for £50, the addressee's nephew, Master Phillips, continues with him); pp. 403, 417, Robt. Roy Junr., Fulham (2) (acknowledging for his father the receipt of two, (5 notes); p. 55, H. V. Salusbury, Offley, Hitchin (1) (his utter ignorance of Sanscrit prevents his being of any assistance to the addressee in his philological enquiries, interest in Welsh, mention of a little essay); p. 363, Edward Scott [London] (1) (a lady [? Eliza Jones] has promised to catch the addressee); p. 581, G. Smith, for Mr. Marchant, Ingram Court [London] (1) (sending a list (enclosure wanting) showing the deficiencies of the fount of long primer cast to the addressee's order by Mr. Hughes); p. 344, Mr. [Samuel] Sotheby, 3 Wellington Street, Strand (1, to John Parry) (requesting Mr. Parry to catalogue the late bard [Edward] Jones's Welsh manuscripts on poetry, &c.); pp. 321, 355, Willm. Tassie, [London] (2) (a request for some good Welsh mottoes and devices for seals, mention of Mr. Goodman Roberts); p. 729, William Thomson, Shoreditch (1) (offering to accommodate some books for the addressee); p. 99, Jane Townley (1, addressed to Mr. Page, Westburn Green, Paddington) (she has just learnt that Mr. Troup will dine there the following day, requesting the addressee to come in the morning); p. 737, Rd. Greaves Townley (1) (acknowledging receipt of the pictures of Mr. Greaves formerly in the possession of the writer's late aunt, Jane Townley, mention of a drawing of Dr. Glyn); pp. 25, 185, 229, 405, 459, C. T[uck?] (5) (mention of having seen the addressee's mother and of hearing from her of the death of Miss Sampson [1810], re making enquiries in a dog shop, Mrs. Tuck's disorder, the writer owes nearly £12 to Mary); pp. 135, 201, 217, 221, 263, 307, 311, 323, 359, 393, 555, 599, 635, 703, 705, 717, John Tuck, Kennington Cross, etc. (16) replying to a query about John Wilks [sic], enclosing [a dream of Mary Batchelor's, see p. 241], the writer's dog 'Dash', his sister, Mary, mention of [Jane] Townley, Trupe, an interview with a Mr. Jones, etc.); p. 197, H[annah?] Walters, [London] (1) (it had been Col. Hughes's intention to call on the addressee concerning H. W.'s intended publication, a message from him); p. 153, Elizabeth William, Ruthin (1) (she has sent poultry and mutton, her wish to know at what price she could obtain a good pianoforte for the use of her daughters); p. 51, Edwd. Williams, grocer, Denbigh, 1810 (1) (arrangements in connection with the funeral of the writer's father-in-law [? Thomas Edwards, 'Twm o'r Nant']; pp. 53, 189, 471, 513, E[van] Williams, Strand, [London] (4, one dated 1810) (wishing to know what the addressee has done or means to do in the small dictionary, mention of their friend Roberts and of the Welsh School and the addressee's kinsman Phillips, the sale of Edward Jones's books, etc.); p. 435, Evan Williams, Vron Deg, Bangor (1) (acknowledging the gift of Coll Gwynfa, mention of his essay on the subject 'O Dduw y mae pob peth' [? under the pseudonym 'Idwal'], his family connections); pp. 243, 339, Fred. Lake Williams (2, one written from Pontelow Court near Newent, Gloucestershire) (asking the addressee to sign a fresh memorial to the Trustees of the British Museum, the former one having been spoiled, the work he is to do for Mr. E. Williams, his circumstances and state of health, imploring the addressee to see Mr. E. Williams and represent his situation to him); pp. 251, 377, Lewis Williams, Dolgelley (2) (re the addressee's crown rent acquittances); p. 567, Marg[are]t Williams, [Rotherhith[e] postmark] (1) (acknowledging his letter announcing the death of [Jane] Townley, she intends to return to Bideford); and p. 687, ?T. O. [ ] St. John, N[ew] B[runswick] (1) he does not know what to do next or how to act, the Governor cannot do anything for him, if he had a little money he might cultivate his farm, his obligation to [Jane] Townley for the £100).

Madog and the discovery of America; Welsh Indians; etc.,

Miscellaneous papers and a ? note-book of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') bound together in one volume. The contents include pp. 28-62, an essay or article entitled 'Some Account of an Ancient Welsh Colony in America' containing an introductory section on the discovery of America by the Welsh prince, Madog, in the late twelfth century, and copious evidence collected by the writer from oral, manuscript, and printed sources concerning the existence in North America of 'Welsh Indians' who spoke the Welsh language (for Edward Williams's interest in Madog and the 'Welsh Indians' see David Williams: 'John Evans's Strange Journey', The American Historical Review, vol. LIV, Nos. 2-3, and The Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, 1948, pp. 105-46, and Richard Deacon: Madoc and the Discovery of America . . . (London, 1967 ), more particularly pp. 56-60, 131-6); 64-82, another 'version' of the aforementioned essay or article; 85-118, miscellaneous notes, extracts from printed sources, etc., relating largely to Madog, the Welsh Indians, and the Nootka area [? of Vancouver Island]; 119-29, a variant or draft version of the essay which, under the title 'A Short Review of the Present State of Welsh Manuscripts', appeared as the preface to The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales . . . (London, 1801); 176, a list of bridges in Glamorganshire; 189-91, transcripts of series of rhyming sayings attributed to Taliesin ('Geiriau Gwir Taliesin', 'Cynghor Taliesin i Afaon ei fab'), a three-stanza English poem, and two 'englynion' attributed to Siôn Rhydderch; 199-200, extracts from the [ ] County Herald, 31 December 1796 and 7 January 1797, relating to the extreme cold in London and areas in Kent, etc.; 217 + 224, thirteen stanzas of a Welsh poem on Glamorganshire (? incomplete); 223, the first two stanzas of an incomplete Welsh poem ? on Monmouthshire; 225-33, a transcript of a 'Calendar of Flora' (January-October); 237 42 and possibly 243-52, notes on the philosophical and religious ideas of the British bards or druids; 253-4, further notes relating to the bardic or druidic order; 256-7, a copy of an eleven-point plan for establishing a colony of Welsh emigrants in America on land 'near the Mississippi between the Ohio and Illenois'; and 259, a sketch plan of 'the Hustings and Booths at the General Election, Com. Glam. 1820', drawn on the blank verso of a folded copy of a printed election pamphlet containing a letter, 7 March 1820, from 'Rhys ap Thomas' to Sir Christopher Cole, one of the candidates in the parliamentary election for the Glamorgan county seat. Also included are miscellaneous lists of Welsh words and other miscellanea, these in some instances being written on the blank verso or in the margins, etc., of copies of printed proposals for publishing Edward Williams's volumes of English verse Poems Lyric and Pastoral, copies of a printed circular dated 16 August 1820 in which Taliesin Williams appealed to Unitarian ministers to contribute towards the fund for completing the erection of a Unitarian chapel in Merthyr Tydfil, an autograph letter from Messrs. Johnson, Prichard, and Johnson, Bristol, to Mr. Hopkins, Bridgend, 1815 (a business appointment), and a transcript (probably not in the hand of Edward Williams) of an English poem by ? Thomas Redwood.


Miscellaneous papers in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') bound together in one volume. The contents include pp. 11- 36, a draft version of the essay 'A short review of the present state of Welsh MSS.' which appeared as a preface to The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales . . ., vol. I (London, 1801), the present version being a much fuller one than that actually published (see also NLW MSS 13089E, 13104B above); 39-57, transcripts of Welsh poems attributed to Rissierdyn, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, and Huw Dafydd; 68-121, a transcript of a sequence of seventy-two 'englynion' ('Englynion y Clyweit') and poems attributed to Meredydd ap Rosser, Rhys Brychan, Dafydd Llwyd Matheu, Ieuan Rhydd, Siencyn Rissiart, In. Risiarts, Siôn Tudur, Wiliam Cynwal, William Llyn, ? Huw Arwystli, Rhisiart Davies, Esgob Mynyw, Robert Gruffudd ab Ifan, Bartholomew Jones, Huw Llyn, Elis ap Rhys ap Edward, R. Hughes 'o Fôn', D[afydd ap] G[wilym], William Elias, [Edward Williams] 'Iolo Morganwg', and Gronwy Ddu (or Hopkin ap Thomas ap Einion), miscellaneous extracts, lists of the children of Llywarch Hen, Urien Rheged, etc.; 125, a note on the poet Siôn Cent; 127-8, genealogical notes on the descendants of Rhys ap Tewdwr headed 'Morganiaid Tredegyr'; 129, memoranda ? relating to the parish of St. Mary, Cardiff; 140-41, a transcript of an incomplete English poem described as an 'Old Poem on Glamorgan. English'; 147-8, extracts from Patrick Symson: The Historie of the Church . . . (London, 1634); 150, an incomplete transcript of a 'cywydd' attributed to Wm. Egwad; 153-4, incomplete notes headed 'History of Dunraven Castle'; 165, a list of people who had attained to a considerable age in Glamorganshire; 166, a transcript of a fragment (end portion) of a letter, December 1726, from Edward Gamage, [rector of] St. Athan, which appears to have contained information relating to the Stradling family of St. Donats (see NLW MS 13100B above); 167-8, ? an outline scheme or chapter headings for a proposed 'History of the Lordship of Glamorgan'; 179-80, notes headed 'Bonedd ag Anfonedd' [from Panton MS 63 now NLW MS 2029B]; 180, transcripts of 'englynion' attributed to R. Nanmor, Iorwerth Fynglwyd, and Iolo Goch; 181-2, a list headed 'Llyma enwau Celloedd Cor Illtyd'; 184, notes relating to the descent of the Rev. John Williams, Sevenoaks, Kent, circa 1800, from the Cogan family; 185-6, a list of markets and fairs [in co. Glamorgan]; 187, a note relating to the reform of parliamentary representation; 192-3, chapter headings for a proposed 'History of the British Bards'; 194, a list of old castles in co. Glamorgan; 198 + 203, an account between Edward Williams and Thomas Williams relating to the tuition of the former's children Margaret, Ann, and Taliessin, 1796-1803 (verso used for writing notes); 200-01, a list of literary topics headed 'Testunau gwastadol a sefydledig Beirdd Cadair Morganwg a Gwent ac Euas ac Ergin ac Ystrad Yw . . . derbyniedig bob amser a ganer arnynt . . .'; 204, an anecdote relating to a blind man; 204, three stanzas of Welsh verse by [Edward Williams] 'Iolo Morganwg'; 208-09, a copy of the inscription on the tomb of the Reverend Daniel Walter, master of Cowbridge School, ob. 25 August 1787, and his brother William, ob. 8 October 1789; 220-21, a short French - English - Welsh vocabulary; 223, an 'englyn' by [Edward Williams] 'Iolo Morganwg'; 227-9, notes relating to Hindustani prosody, etc.; 230, a brief note on Welsh bards and minstrels; 233 + 240, extracts from [Nicholas Owen:] Caernarvonshire, a sketch of its history . . . [London, 1792]; 236-7, a list of 'Barbarisms in Walter Davies' Translation of [Thomas] Gisborne [A Familiar Survey of the Christian Religion . . .]'; 238 + 235, rules of a scheme for collecting subscriptions for a proposed ? emigration, ? 1797; 243-4, a list of titles of ninety-five Welsh poems, mainly 'cywyddau', headed 'Celfyddydau, moesau, ag arferion'; 246-7, descriptive notes on co. Glamorgan; (continued)

249-52, notes on the waste lands ? of Radnorshire with suggestions relating to inclosures; 255-8, notes on the production of wine in Germany with suggestions re vine growing in Britain; 261, a note on three wells in the lordship of Newton Nottage; 263-6, a list of 'Druidical maxims'; 265, a draft title-page for a second edition of Edward Williams: The Fair Pilgrim, a poem translated from Dafydd ap Gwilym; 268, a note on 'Brut y Saeson'; 269-71, medicinal recipes and other extracts from ? the Annual Register; 273-85, 335-8, religious and philosophical notes or observations; 290-92, notes on heraldic terms, etc ., ? from the Encyclopaedia Britannica; 293-4, ? extracts from [Thomas] Maurice: Indian Antiquities; 299-304, notes headed 'Eastern District of the County of Radnor' (topography, soil, the possibility of coal deposits); 312-13, a transcript of a 'cywydd' attributed to Gutto'r Glyn; 318-19, notes headed 'History of the Bards' referring to Ll[ewely]n Siôn's treatise on bardism; 321-2, notes headed 'Llymma Reithiadur Cerdd'; 341, extracts from Esdras II, chapter XIV; 344, notes on 'Trefn yr Albannau'; 348-9, a list of 'remarkable instances of longevity' ? extracted from the General Magazine, September 1789; 352-3 a 'Table of the fifteen Diationick Chords of the system of the antient'; 355, notes on 'Rheol bwrw pris', 'Y Cant hir', the burning of lime ? in Anglesey, etc.; 356, two lists of rules headed 'Hyn a wna wr yn hiroesawg ag yn iachus', and 'a Fyrhaant einioes dyn ac a'i heneiddia'; 357-9 a list headed 'Llyma rai o Gweiriau Cerdd dant'; 360, notes headed 'A Comparison of the pronounciation of the letters in the Welsh or British tongue to the Greek and Hebrew letters'; 361, notes headed 'Gogwyddor i ddallt y pricciad yn Llyfr Robert ap Hugh y Telynior'; 361 (2), extracts from Sion Rhydderch: Grammadeg Cymraeg [1728]; and 368, a few triads, a few Welsh proverbs, a note relating to Lewys Morys, and a note on the 'Wenhwyseg' as the language of Welsh literature to circa 1300. Interspersed amongst the above items are miscellaneous Welsh verse, lists or groups of Welsh words often with English definitions or explanatory notes, grammatical or etymological notes, etc. In one instance notes have been written on the blank sides of an incomplete copy of Herbert Croft's printed proposals, 1792, for publishing an English dictionary based upon that of Samuel Johnson, and in another on the blank verso of a broadsheet containing a copy of a Latin inscription found in the parish of Gelligaer, co. Glamorgan, with a Welsh translation thereof.


Miscellaneous papers and booklets containing prose and verse items in the hand of Edward Williams ('Iolo Morganwg') bound into one volume. Verse items, pagination in brackets, include transcripts of strict- and free-metre Welsh poems, sometimes a single stanza or 'englyn', or extracts from Welsh poems attributed to Llywarch Brydydd y Moch (6), D. Edmund (18, 430), Howel ap Syr Mathew (20), Thomas Llywelyn 'o Regoes' (? 21-4, 226 with a note relating to the poet's son), Dicc Hughes (24, 119-26 ), D. Lld. Math[afar]n (24), Syr Lewys ab Huw 'o Fochnant' (25-30), Thomas Evans (31-7), ?Huw Dafydd (37-44), Llywelyn ap Hywel ap Ieuan ap Gronwy ( 56-7), Bedyn Wilco (65-6), Huw Dafydd (68-71), Thomas ap Gwilym 'o Ferthyr Tudfyl' (73-5), Wiliam Sawndwr (83-4, 103-05; see IM, t. 302), Siôn Lewys Hywel 'o Lantrisaint Meisgin' (93-4), Thomas ab Ifan 'o Dre Brynn' (94-6), Llywelyn Deio Pywel (96-8), ? Siencyn Lygad Rhawlin (100-03), Twm ab Han ab Rhys (105-08), R. Hughes (126-32), Llywelyn ab Hwlkyn 'o Fôn' (133-6), ? Watcin Dafydd 'o Ben y Bont' (175 + two unnumbered pages following), Gronw Gethin ab Ieuan ab Lleison 'o Faglan' (185-6), Dafydd Nanmor (186), Dafydd Thomas 'o Dregroes' (187-8), Rhys ap Ioccyn 'o Dre-golwyn' (189-91 with an added note thereon by 'Iolo Morganwg'), Siôn Morgan 'argraffydd o'r Bont Faen' (213-14), Siôn Wiliam 'o Landathan' (214-16), Efan o Lan y Lai (227), Iorwerth ap Sierlyn (231), Gwilym Tew 'o Lynn Taf' (232), Emion Offeiriad (263-4), Daf. ab Gwilym (273, 277-8), y Parchedig Dafydd Dafis 'o Gastell Hywel' and 'o Lwynrhydowen' (274-6), Rhys Meigen (277), William Walters (297-304), Dr. T. Wms. (314), Taliesin (316), Siôn Philip (316), Edmund Prys (316, 383-91), Ed. Richard (316), Huw Caerog (323, 392), Huw Llyn (323, 392 ), Huw Pennant (323, 393) William Cynwal (323, 393), Huw Ednyfed (324), Gruff. ab Lln. Fychan and Ifan Brydydd Hir jointly (324), Lewis Môn (324), D. Edmund (331), Merddin Emrys (336), Syr Wiliam Herbart (340), Hywel Dafydd ap Ieuan ap Rhys (340), Owen Brereton (341), Tudur Aled (383), Wm. Byrkinshaw (392), Ieuan Tew (392), R. Dafies, Escob Mynyw (393), Siôn Tudur (393), [Edward Williams] 'Iolo Morganwg' (423-?25), Wm. Llyn (430), Robt. Clidro (430), Howel Bangor (430), and Madawg ab Merfyn Gwawdrydd (431-2); transcripts of unattributed Welsh verse (17-20, ? 37-40, 45-56, 57- 64, 66-7, 98-100, 136-43, 145-50, 202, 227-9, 258, 316, 317-21, 327, 331, 334, 449-54, 461); and also transcripts of English verse (72, 330). Prose items, pagination in brackets, include a brief paginated list of events recorded in W. Wynne: The History of Wales (1-2); genealogical data relating to the descendants of Brychan Brycheiniog based upon the data in the appendices to Theo[philus] Jones [: A History of the County of Brecknock, vol. I, 1805] (3-6); notes relating to the Welsh medical treatise 'Meddygon Myddfai' (8-10); an extract from [The] Myvyrian Archaiology [of Wales], vol. II (11); a note relating to a manuscript allegedly once in the possession of Dafydd Rhisiart 'o Landocheu'r Bont Faen', which had contained, inter alia, some twenty poems by Wil. Hopcin (85); a brief comment on the Welsh language (92); a note relating to Owain Glyn Dwr's activities in Glamorgan allegedly extracted from a manuscript history in the possession of the Rev. Thos. Bassett of Lanelay (151-2); a brief note on Cae Llwyd in the parish of Llangyfelach [co. Glamorgan], home of the poet Huw Cae Llwyd, and on Ieuan ap y Diwlith (155); a note relating to the antiquity of the Cymmry (Kimmeri) as a nation and of the word itself as a national appellative (157); brief data re the descent of King Arthur (158); a list of slanderous epithets for the use of which Margaret John Harri had been excommunicated at Llandaff Consistory Court in 1816 (159); a list of ministers of religion who had attended an annual meeting [? of Unitarians] at y Gelli onnen [co. Glamorgan] in 1813 (161); a copy of a fable re a king and three wise men (177-80); an anecdote relating to the origin of the fruit trees at Margam [co. Glamorgan] (181); 'sayings' attributed to Taliesin ('Gwiredd Taliesin') (182); an anecdote relating to Taliesin and Cattwg Ddoeth (182-3); notes on Welsh poets, 14th- 17th cent. (193-201); a list of five subject headings under the superscription 'Bards, Topics for History of' (202); medicinal recipes ? from 'Meddygon Myddfai' (203); a short list of Glamorgan proverbs (208); a copy of the proclamation of an 'eisteddfod' to be held at Caerwys, co. Flint, to July 1523, extracted from Siôn Rhydderch [: Grammadeg Cymraeg, 1728] (219-20); a list of 'sayings' attributed to Saffin (220-23); a copy of a parable relating to a blind man's search for riches (224-6); a note on Cwrt Aberavan in the parish of Margam [co. Glamorgan] and a list of 'Parselon Margam' (230); a note on the poet Rhydderch ap Ieuan Llwyd (231); (continued)

A list of the early kings of Britain and of the Britons back to the time of Brutys and Eneas Ysgwyddwyn (233-6); a copy of a parable relating to a rich man and a hermit (236-9); brief notes relating to certain physical features in the parish of Merthyr Tudfyl, co. Glamorgan, and to Hywel Rhys, the bard, and his descendants, and references to Blaen Cannaid, Llwyn Celyn, and Cwm y Glo and other Nonconformist meeting houses [in co. Glamorgan] (239 + 242); a copy of a memorial inscription to Morgan Herbert of Havod Uchtryd, co. Cardigan, ob. 1687/8, in Eglwys Newydd Church near Havod, and of an inscription relating to the history of the church (240-42; see S. R. Meyrick: The History and Antiquities of the County of Cardigan, London, 1810, pp. 347-51); brief notes on the dates of the conversion of 'Daenmarc', 'Llychlyn', 'Gwyddelod y Werddon', 'Gwyddelod yr Alban', and 'Gwyddelod Môn ag Arfon' to the Christian faith (257); a brief note relating to markets at Castell y Coetty and Pen y Bont ar Ogwr ? temp. Henry VIII and previously (258); brief notes relating to Sir Edward Stradlin [n.d.] and Thomas Stradlin, temp. Henry VIII (259); notes relating to Welsh strict metres, Elisse ap Gwalchmai 'o Ial', and Dafydd ap Gwilym (264-5); genealogical data headed 'Achau Morganiaid Tredegyr' ( 266-7); medicinal recipes, some from 'Meddygon Myddfai' (268-70, 287-91); brief miscellanea extracted from Panton MS 30 [now NLW MS 1999 (313- 14); an account of the return of Brân ap Llyr from captivity in Rome accompanied by the saints Ilid, Cyndaf, and Meugant Hen (329); comments on the authenticity of Welsh manuscripts ? containing medical material with mention of three such manuscripts, and twelve points ? relating to a pre- sixteenth century manuscript of this nature ? in Jesus College, Oxford (332-3); a list of eight 'sayings' attributed to Cattwg ddoeth (333); notes on the 'three primary or fundamental attributes of God' (335); a brief geographical / geological note relating to the Llangyfelach area [co. Glamorgan] (335); an anecdote relating to Llywelyn Bren and Sir Wiliam Flemin (360; an explanatory comment on Henry Salisbury's wrong definition of the word 'cler' (361); notes relating to the use of the 'Silurian dialect' in Welsh prose and verse of the Middle Ages in North and South Wales and comments on 'anglicisms, English construction, and English idioms' in the Welsh translation of the Bible (363-5); a list of family names to illustrate a Glamorgan custom of 'prefixing the Article to the surnames of the Gentry' (366); a list of places in Glamorgan with, in some instances, specific natural features, antiquities, etc., associated therewith, short lists of locations of inscriptions, caves, and cromlechs [in co. Glamorgan], etc. (367-9); a list headed 'Subscribers - 1804' containing seven names but naming no publication (370; a list of the names of thirty-four Welsh poets, 13th-16th cent., literary historical manuscript volumes or works such as 'Llyfr Coch Hergest', 'Brut y Brenhinoedd', etc. (373-4); a note relating to the convention of poetic contentions (391); an anecdote relating to Gutto'r Glynn at an 'eisteddfod' held in Cardiff Castle under the patronage of Sir Wiliam Herbert (394, for the ending see p. 340); a list of 'sayings' attributed to Cattwn Ddoeth all commencing with the word 'Tryw' (401); a list of nineteen items relating to Welsh bardism, music, grammar, etc., headed 'Jones Gelli Lyfdy MS. No. 120' being presumably an incomplete list of the contents of one of the manuscripts of John Jones of Gelli Lyfdy [co. Flint; ob. ? 1658] (407- 09); poetic extracts to illustrate the meaning of specific Welsh words (415-16, 418, 457-9); a note relating to dialects in Wales (427); a list of ten points or topics under the heading 'Plan of a Religious Society' (442); a list of 'Casbethau (or Casddynion) Selyf Ddoeth' (447); brief notes relating to Welsh bardism from the time of Gwrtheyrn Gwrtheneu to the time of the 'eisteddfod' at Caerfyrdd[in] convened by Sir Gruff. Nicolas (477-8); notes relating to Welsh metres and versification (479-87 ); notes on the connection between Cynddelw, Einion Offeiriad, Tryhaearn Brydydd Mawr, Gwilym Tew, Owain ab Rhydderch, Dafydd Llwyd Mathew, Dafydd Ddu o Hir Addug, and Dafydd ab Gwilym and certain Welsh poetic metres, a list of metres as arranged by Dafydd Llwyd Matthew, and another such list from 'hen Lyfr arall' (488-92); incomplete notes containing references to bardic topics such as 'sefydliad Dosparth Caerfyrddin', 'Eisteddfod Gyntaf Caerwys, 1525', 'Ystatut Gruffudd ap Cynan', 'Dosparth y Ford Gron', and 'Dosparth Tir Iarll' (503-04); miscellaneous genealogical data (249-51, 268, 315); miscellaneous Welsh triads (155, 217-19, 244-5, 247, 271-2, 359, 402, 445-6, 448, 466); and lists or groups of Welsh words, with, in some instances, definitions, illustrative examples, etc., or notes on Welsh words (7, 12, 243, 315, 336, 341, 359-62, 399-406, 411, 427, 429, 441-2). In one instance notes have been written across the face of a printed leaflet announcing the printing by subscription of Edward Williams's two volumes of English verse Poems Lyric and Pastoral (7 + 10).


Notes, transcripts and drafts of articles published by Egerton Phillimore, 1881-1937, relating to manuscripts, history, literature, genealogy, place-names, grammar, etymology and other linguistic matters, primarily concerning Wales but also including material pertaining to England, Scotland and Ireland, as well as continental Europe. Interspersed among the notes are occasional diary entries and drafts of letters, usually relating to the same topics, as well as containing personal material.

Paul Diverres Collection,

  • GB 0210 PAURES
  • Fonds
  • [1746x1946] (accumulated [1900x1946]) /

Papers of and acquired by Paul Diverres [1746x1946], comprising what are presumably the papers of his father (Henry Diverres), including transcripts, extracts, notes and printed materials, relating to Brittany, and to Finistère in particular, regarding historical and antiquarian mattters; manuscripts, printed matter, transcripts and lectures acquired by and by Paul Diverres, including material relating to a variety of historical and antiquarian subjects; religious subjects, including saints; aspects of Celtic history; glossaries, vocabularies and grammars of various languages including Cornish, Gaelic, French, Breton and Welsh; poetry and prose; various histories, including arthurian legend and Merlin, and Meddygon Myddfai; botany and botanical terms; Welsh manuscripts such as the Black Book of Carmarthen, the Red Book of Hergest, and Llyfr Taliesin; place and personal names; ancient monuments in Wales; and songs; together with some correspondence and miscellaneous papers.

Diverrès, P. (Pol), 1880-1946.