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BRWMFFILD ( BROMFIELD ), MATTHEW ( fl. 1520-60 ), poet .

According to Cwrt Mawr MS. 12 (629) , he was a native of Maelor . In his to ‘ Saint Tydecho and the two parishes of Mowthwy ,’ having equally praised Llan-ym-Mawddwy and Mallwyd , he asserts that he yearns more for the latter than the former. He wrote poems in praise of Rhisiart ap Rhys ap Dafydd Llwyd of Gogerddan ‘about 1520’; of Rhys ap Howel of Porthamyl , Anglesey , ‘within the month of November 1539’; of Lewis Gwynn who d. sometime about 1552 ; and of Siôn Wynn ap Meredith of Gwydyr who d. 1559 .


  • Cwrtmawr Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 12 (629);
  • Llanstephan Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 123 (175);
  • NLW MS 728 (57);
  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 99 (289), 114 (45).


Dr David Jenkins, C.B.E., M.A., D.Litt., (1912-2002), Penrhyn-coch, Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959