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GWILYM DDU O ARFON ( fl. c. 1280-1320 ), poet ,

it is said that he lived in the place called Muriau Gwilym Ddu ( Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon ). A little of his work remains in manuscript and this includes two poems in praise of Sir Gruffydd Llwyd of Tregarnedd (q.v.) and written while Gruffydd was imprisoned in Rhuddlan castle , and an elegy to Trahaearn Brydydd ap Goronwy , or Trahaearn Brydydd Mawr — Jes. Coll. MS. 1 and ‘Llyfr Coch Hergest’ (1225, 1229) . An englyn on the coronation of king Edward II in 1307 is also attributed to him ( Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon ). It is stated that he was poet to prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd ( Edward Jones , Relicks … ) but no examples of his poetry to Llywelyn have yet been found.

Sources:

  • Cymru yn hanesyddol, parthedegol, a bywgraphyddol (1875) ;
  • Edward Jones , Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards … ;
  • Gweirydd ap Rhys , Hanes Llenyddiaeth Gymreig, 1300–1650 (1885) , 137;
  • J. Jones (‘Myrddin Fardd’) , Enwogion Sir Gaernarfon (1922) .

Author:

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

Published date: 1959