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LLWYD , HUW (‘ Huw Llwyd o Gynfal ’, 1568? - 1630? ), soldier and bard

whose home was Cynfal Fawr , in the parish of Maentwrog , Merioneth . His father was Dafydd Llwyd ap Howel ap Rhys . It is known that Huw Llwyd and his brother Owen bought much land in that neighbourhood. He fought in France and Holland in a Welsh regiment raised to fight the armies of Spain in the Low Countries . It is thought that he built the present Cynfal house; the poet Huw Machno (q.v.) has a cywydd , c. 1630 , in which the interior and the exterior of the house are described. Huw Llwyd 's wife was the daughter of the house of Hendre-mur (or Mur-castell ), a house about two miles from Cynfal.

Huw Llwyd 's poems are in the free and the strict metres. Some of his best-known poems relate to foxes and hounds; he is reputed to have been a famous sportsman (two of his poems to the fox are sometimes attributed to Edmund Prys ). In one cywydd he asks Thomas Prys , of Plas Iolyn, Denbs. (q.v.) , for a couple of hounds; see also a cywydd by Hugh Salesbury who asks Edward Lloyd , S. Asaph , to let Huw Llwyd have a greyhound cub this was on 6 Oct. 1606 . A medical treatise in the hand of Ellis Wynne (q.v.) (‘ Y Bardd Cwsc ’) in Pen. MS. 123 is taken from a MS. belonging to Huw Llwyd , who appears to have had some skill in medicine and who also, if local tradition be believed, had the reputation of being skilled in wizardry . It is not known when he died; it is, however, known that he lived at Cynfal in 1629 and that he outlived his neighbour, archdeacon Edmund Prys .


  • J. H. Davies , Gweithiau Morgan Llwyd o Wynedd (Bangor, 1899-1908) , II, xvi-xx, 309-13;
  • Gwyneddon Manuscript 19 (in U.C.N.W.);
  • NLW MS 719 (40);
  • Llanstephan Manuscript at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth 124 (250-2);
  • Cwrtmawr Manuscript in the National Library of Wales 27 (178);
  • Mostyn MSS. at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 58 (87), 112 (145), 130 (85, 88, 93, 383), 145 (533, 542);
  • Peniarth Manuscripts at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth) 115 (22), 123.


Robert (Bob) Owen, O.B.E., M.A., (1885-1962), Croesor

Published date: 1959