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Diary, etc., of John Davies, Ystrad

  • NLW MS 12350A.
  • File
  • 1796-1799

A diary and commonplace book of John Davies (David) ('Siôn Dafydd y Crydd'), bookbinder and cobbler, of Llanfihangel Ystrad, co. Cardigan. The diary covers the period from 1 January 1796 to 19 December 1799 (new style) and refers mainly to 'booking ', e.g., the binding of local Church Bibles, the making of a letter case for William Lewes, Llysnewydd, the purchase of pasteboard and glue, etc. Other entries consist of copious observations on the weather and on the health of the writer and of members of his family; records of other activities of the scribe and of his wife, such as the making up of club accounts and attendance at club feasts, the making up of churchwardens' and vestry accounts, the writing of documents (leases, wills, marriage settlements, letters, bidding letters, and club articles), estreating, attendance at religious services, the death and burial of local residents, visits to fairs, gardening, the raising of turf, the making of candles, watch repairing, the spinning of flax and hemp, grinding at the mill, etc.); and references to unusual or interesting contemporary incidents, e.g., the beginning of Bedlwyn bridge, 9 August 1796, 'great noise about the French landing in Pembrokshire', 1 March 1797, 'great alarm about mad dogs ', 17 March 1797, the eclipse of the sun, 24 June 1797, '2000 Irish emigrants in Pembrokshire', 15 June 1798, 'Terrible Rebellion in Ireland', 18 June 1798, '. . . the Buck wheat plowed with a new plow English fashion with foure Horses', 31 August 1798, etc. In the left hand margin of each page are two columns indicating each date in both the new and the old styles. The remainder of the volume contains miscellaneous poetry, including stanzas and 'englynion' by D. Davies, lines 'On Czar Peter of Russia', 1797, stanzas beginning 'God save the Rights of Man', 1795, 'Englynion I Lys Ifor Hael . . .' by Evan Evans ('Bardd ac Offeiriad'), 1779, with an English translation, 'Can, yr hon a genir gan filwyr Ffraingc wrth fyned it frwydr', 1797, stanzas entitled 'God Save the King' (beginning 'Fame let thy Trumpet sound') (extracted 5 January 1763 from The Gentleman's Magazine, December 1745), stanzas extracted in 1772 from William Lithgow's 'Book of . . . Travels', 'cywydd' couplets by Edmund Prys and Hug[h] Arwystl, stanzas entitled 'The Brittish Muse, The Banks of the Wye' (from the Hereford Journal, 18 June 1778), stanzas entitled 'Tweed's Side' (from The Gentleman's Magazine, May 1767), 'Chwanegiad at gân Rhydddid' (in a later hand), 'Can o Sen I Ficcar Coch Cayo' by Dafydd Manuel, 'General Thanksgiving. The following lines were found in St. Peters Church Yard in Colchester on Tuesday the 19 of Decr. 1797 being the Day appointed for a general thanksgiving . . .', 'On the Day of general thanksgiving on the 29th Day of November 1798 were the following lines stuck up on . . . the Church Door of Ystrad Church', 'An Epitaph on a Blacksmith', 'Lines written out of Temper, on a Pannel in one of the Pews of C . . .m Church' (from the Hereford Journal, 26 October 1791), 'Littani' by 'J[ohn] J[ones] Glangors', 1797, etc.; the score of a song entitled 'The Recess', 1794, and of 'A Gavot' by Correlli; a list of floruits of 'Brittish Poets' (from Myrddyn Emrys to Dafydd William o'r Nant); 'Coppi o Lythur Gruffudd ap Ieuan at Saer Pren o Lan Sain Sion Allan o Almanac am y Flwyddyn 1720'; notes on Nonconformist Sects, extracted from W[illiam] Mather: The Young Man's Companion (London, 1737); a pedigree of King George III; the Greek alphabet; recipes for sealing wafers and sealing wax; a table of cities, towns, and villages from Lampeter to London; memoranda of local births and deaths, e.g., the death of the Reverend David Lloyd, Castle Howel, 1779, and of the Reverend Richard Lloyd, Llwynrhydowen, 1797; the allocation of seats and pews newly erected in the body of the church of Ystrad, 1716; etc.

Davies, John, 1722-1799

Scrapbook,

  • NLW MS 11044B
  • File
  • [19 cent., second ¼].

A mutilated scrapbook of Ellen Evans containing two poems, one of which is signed 'L.E.L., G.A.B., 1838'; English translations of a Welsh couplet by Evan Evans ('Ieuan Fardd'), made at Llanarmon-in-Yale Vicarage, 1846, by E[van] Evans, vicar of Llanarmon-in-Yale, T. Brown, curate of Llanferres, and Hugh E. Heaton, assistant curate of Mold; and a pencil drawing of the 'H[olyhead?] C[ompany's?] P[rivate?] V[essel?] Magna' preparing to take the pilot out of an outward bound barque.

Translations of Welsh poetry,

A volume of Edward Powell containing English translations of 'cywyddau', etc., by Goronwy Owen, and brief notes on the works of Guto'r Glyn, Hywel Dafydd o Raglan, Bedo Brwynllys, Bedo Eurfren [Aeddren], Ieuan Deulwyn, Meredydd ap Rhys, Ieuan Brydydd Hir Hynaf, Tudur Penllyn, Lewis Glyn Cothi, Dafydd Nanmor, Deio ap Ieuan Du, Gutyn Owain, Tudur Aled, and Dafydd ap Edmunt, and on the eisteddfodau held at Carmarthen, 1451, and Caerwys, 1524.

Edward Powell.

Welsh poetry and miscellanea,

A collection of papers formerly inserted in NLW MS 13236B. Items 1-4, 8, and 15-18 are in the hand of William Owen [-Pughe], and item 10 is in the hand of D[avid] Thomas, ['Dafydd Ddu Eryri']. The contents include: I, a collection of 'englynion' by R.D. [?Robert Davies, 'Bardd Nantglyn'], Mor [sic] ap Evan ab Dadd., and D.T. [?David Thomas]; 2, 'Flangelliad i Vardd y Glyn' by 'Twm pen y waen'; 3, 'Carol Nadolig, ar fesur o gyfansoddiad Beethoven yn Rhifyn VIII o'r Musical Library', beginning 'Heddyw y gwynfydedig ddydd . . .'; 4, 'Dau englyn ar ddyn meddw a gysgodd gyda'r bardd yn Sarn Vraint yn Mon'; 5, 'Englynion (2) er coffadwriaeth Davydd Richard Llansilin' by 'R. B. Clough Tyn y celyn Rhagr - 1826'; 6, 'englynion' (2) entitled 'At Fardd Du Nantglyn'; 7, a couplet by 'rhyw Offeiriad' and an 'englyn' by 'Owen Gronw . . . Tâd Gronw Owen'; 8, 'englynion' (3), the first beginning 'Prydydd ysgrivydd cu llon - sain ethol . . .'; 9, ['Ar hyd y nos'] in old notation followed by 'englynion', three of which are by Walter Davies, Jonathan Hughes, and T. Nant [Thomas Edwards], and several 'penillion telyn'; 10, 'Geiriau diweddaf Dafydd 2 Sam. 23' by D[avid] Thomas, 1804, beginning 'Ysbryd yr Arglwydd, ddedwydd Dduw . . .' (cf. NLW MS 325E, p. 17); 11, English verses entitled 'The Legend of Carn Tyrne'; 12, an incomplete copy of 'Padouca Hunt' by [David Samwell] (cf. NLW MS 13225C, pp. 129-36); 13, an English translation of ['Cywydd y Daran'] (cf. Owen Jones & William Owen, Barddoniaeth Dafydd ab Gwilym (Llundain, 1789), tt. 80-82); 14, epilogue of an interlude performed at London, beginning 'Wel nosdawch bawb ar unweth . . .'; 15, notes on Welsh antiquities, geographical features and locations, etc., written in part on the reverse of a printed bill of Richard Jones, King's Head Inn, Llandovery; 16, a list of English words with cognate words in other languages; 17, a letter, 1828, from W-. Owen Pughe, Egryn, to Mr. Bailey, containing draft Welsh and English inscriptions to commemorate the Eisteddfod held at Denbigh, 16-18 Sept., 1828; 18, a transcript of the title-page and introduction to Gruffydd Robert's Dosparth Byrr . . . (1567 ); 19, ?autograph of Joanna Southcott; 20, printed list of subscribers to 'Bardd Nantglyn's Memorial Fund'; 21, memorandum concerning a certain Ruth Thomas, etc.; 22, culinary recipes; 23, articles of agreement, 1836, for a lease of copper and lead, etc., under Wenallt, in the parish of Darowen, co. Mont., (part wanting), with alterations in pencil for another agreement concerning Brynmoel, Penegoes; 24-25, two letters, 1850, from John Hay Williams, Bodelwyddan, to [ ]; 26, engraving of an unidentified ?bronze object (cf. Arch. Camb., 1855, illustration facing page 273); 27, a steel engraving by T. Hodgetts, 1822, of a portrait of 'Idrison', [William Owen-Pughe]; and 28, forty printed copies of the Lord's Prayer in Hebrew.

William Owen-Pughe and 'Dafydd Ddu Eryri'.