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CADWALADR , ELLIS ( fl. 1707-40 ), poet .

A native of Llandderfel, Mer. ; he lived at Hafod Uchel . He wrote both in strict and in free metres. Some of his ballads were printed in the 18th cent. — e.g. Cerdd i ofyn Pâr o Ddillad o Rôdd Pendefig , and Cerdd o barchedigaeth urddasol Watkin Williams Wynne, Esq. Some of his poems are included in Blodeugerdd… , 1759 . It appears from his poem ‘ Clod i Ferch ,’ which contains many classical names, that he had received a good education. There are many of his poems in manuscript: N.L.W. MS. 4971 contains about twenty.

He won in the chair competition at an eisteddfod held at Bala on Whit-Monday, 1738 .


  • Geirlyfr Bywgraffiadol o Enwogion Cymru (1870) ;
  • NLW MS 9253;
  • J. H. Davies , A Bibliography of Welsh Ballads printed in the 18th century (1908-11) ;
  • information from Mr. Evan Roberts , Llandderfel.


Elwyn Evans, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959