File NLW MS 19099E. - William Davies, Cringell, commonplace book

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NLW MS 19099E.


William Davies, Cringell, commonplace book


  • [late 18 cent.]-[early 19 cent.] (Creation)

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235 ff. (foliated by openings) ; 395 x 155 mm.

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'W. Davies's Common Place Book' in the hand of John M. Traherne (f. 1); given by Traherne to Taliesin Williams in July 1841 (see Traherne's letters to Williams, NLW MS 21277E, Nos. 766-7).

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A commonplace book compiled by the historian William Davies, Cringell. The contents are mainly topographical notes and extracts relating to Wales, and the works from which extracts have been made include Camden's Britannia, ed. by Gibson (1772), The Modern Universal British Traveller (?London, 1779), and Henry Penruddocke Wyndham, A Tour Through Monmouthshire and Wales, 2nd edn (Salisbury, 1781).
On the first page is a quotation from John Dyer's poem 'Grongar Hill', superscribed 'Motto for an Hist. - & Descriptive Account of S. Wales'. The volume also contains a brief account of the Eisteddfod held at Bala in September 1789 by the Gwyneddigion and the beginning of an English translation of Ellis Wynne, Gweledigaetheu y Bardd Cwsc. There are also one or two recipes in an earlier hand.

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  • English

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Some leaves at beginning imperfect.

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  • English



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  • Text: NLW MS 19099E.