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DAFYDD LLWYD of HENBLAS or DAFYDD LLWYD ap SION (d. 1619 ), poet and scholar ,

of the landed family of Henblas ( Llangristiolus , Anglesey ), who, it is said, graduated from S. Edmund Hall , Oxford . He m. Catherine , daughter of Richard Owen of Penmynydd , and about eight children were born to them, three of the sons becoming clergymen. Lewys Dwnn and J. E. Griffith state that he also m. Jane , daughter of Llywelyn ap Dafydd of Llandyfrydog (she being his first wife according to Dwnn ). Noted for his scholarship , he is said to have known eight languages . A number of his poems, all in strict metre, have been preserved in manuscript. They include an elegy to his wife, Catherine , and three englynion to one of his sons. SirHuw Roberts (q.v.) and Richard Cynwal (q.v.) composed elegies upon his death.


  • Bodewryd MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 2 (28, 162, 209, 212, 213, 217, 218, 240);
  • Llanstephan Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 124 (534);
  • Sotheby Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) A, 1, 40, 55;
  • [all in N.L.W.];
  • Heraldic Visitations of Wales and Part of the Marches (1846) , ii, 185, 265;
  • J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees of Anglesey and Carnarvonshire Families (1914) , 122;
  • 'Dictionary of Welsh Biography.' 27 vols., N.L.W. MSS. 9251–77 ;
  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol (1875) ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852) ;
  • Angharad Llwyd , A history of the island of Mona, or Anglesey including an account of its natural productions, Druidical antiquities, lives of eminent men, the customs of the court of the ancient welsh princes, &c.: being the prize essay to which was adjudged the first premium at the Royal Beaumaris Eisteddfod, held in the month of August, 1832 (Rhuthun, 1833) , 277;
  • J. Fisher , The Cefn Coch MSS. two MSS. of Welsh poetry written principally during the 17th century (Liverpool, 1899) , 7.


Ray Looker, (Mrs Ray Morgan), Cardiff / Rhymni

Published date: 1959