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DAFYDD NANCONWY ( fl. 17th cent. ), writer of cywyddau .

He is said to have been the son of Tomas Dafydd ap Ieuan ap Rhys ap Gronnw ap Meyrick ap Llewelyn ap Richard ap Dafydd of Pwll-y-crochan in ‘ Llechwedd Isaf ’ (i.e. Arllechwedd Isaf ), Caerns. His father also was a poet , and he is known to have written a cywydd in 1654 . Among the few poems by Dafydd Nanconwy which have survived is a cywydd to Captain William Myddelton of Gwaenynog , who d. in 1637 . His work is to be found in Mostyn MS. 147 , which was partly copied during the second half of the 17th cent. , and in N.L.W. MS. 695 . He was a contemporary of Harri Howel (q.v.) and Huw Machno (q.v.) .


  • Mostyn MS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 147;
  • NLW MSS 695, 6499.


Mary Gwendoline Ellis, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959