File Llanstephan MS 155 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - Poetry, apocryphal gospels, &c.,

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Llanstephan MS 155 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].


Poetry, apocryphal gospels, &c.,


  • [1570x1700]. (Creation)

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162 pp. (ff. i-iv, 162 pp.).Sewn into a piece of old parchment.Leaves curled at the corners.Leaves curled at the corners.

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Archival history

The following are some of the names occurring in the margins: 'To my loving frind John benit this deliuer ... so sayth Dd. ap John lewis in 1649' (p. 107); 'John Hughes his booke 1647' (p. 109); 'peeter benit 1654-5'.

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Scope and content

A manuscript containing poetry (pp. 5-18, 42-162), the poets cited including Iolo Goch, Dafydd ap Gwilym, Guto'r Glyn, Siôn Cent and Iorwerth Fynglwyd; apocryphal gospels (pp. 21-31); 'y Discibl ar Athro', which includes a brief summary of the Elucidarium (pp. 32-35); &c.
The manuscript is in several hands, with a few later additions to the text. Pp. 5-15 l. 6, 77-99 l. 9, 115-122, 131-136, 161-162 are in the same hand. The manuscript is sewn into a piece of old parchment dated 1647. Poetic marginalia occur at pp. 13, 77, 81, 82, 83, 85, 87, 93, 97, 103, 131, 146, 151. The work beginning at p. 108 is in the autograph of Rhys Cain or that of his son, Siôn Cain. The work beginning at p. 112 is apparently in the autograph of Siôn Clywedog (cf. an autograph englyn by Siôn Clywedog in the margin of p. 127). The work beginning at p. 144 appears to be in the autograph of Lewys Dwnn - cf. a note in the same hand relating to the work beginning at p. 139.

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Conditions governing access

Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

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Welsh, English.

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Finding aids

J. Gwenogvryn Evans, Report on Manuscripts in the Welsh Language, vol. II, part II (London, 1903), pp. 728-732.

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Available on microfilm at the Library.

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Formerly Crosswood MS 1.


Preferred citation: Llanstephan MS 155 [RESTRICTED ACCESS].

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Microform: $h - MEICRO LLANSTEPHAN MS 155.
  • Text: Llanstephan MS 155 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]; $q - Leaves curled at the corners.; $z - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies..