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DAVIES , CADWALADR ( 1704 -?), bard, ballad-writer, and collector

of the ‘ Piser Sioned ’ poems ( Bangor MS. 3212 (564) ); b. at Llanycil, Mer. , son of David Thomas and Lowry Cadwaladr . He kept a school at Dwyryd near Corwen , and at Tre'rddôl (this in 1740 ). The ‘ Piser ’ was gathered together in the years 1733-45 , the main corpus being country songs and plygain carols, composed by homely bards of Penllyn and Edeirnion , the district of Cerrig-y-drudion , and the highlands of Hiraethog . Davies took great delight in astrology , in explaining vagaries of weather , and the interpretation of dreams , and the sacred significance of fast days ; he did some doctor's work both on men and on animals . He was tenant to John Humphreys of Maerdy by Gwyddelwern from 1729 to 1739 , but there is a record that he was asked to leave in 1743 . Date of death uncertain.


  • Information from Mr. Robert Owen
  • and internal evidence from Bangor Manuscript at University College North Wales Library, Bangor 3212;
  • for ‘Ail Biser Sioned’ see NLW MS 9047A.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959