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EDWARD ap ROGER ( 16th cent. ), collector of manuscripts and poet .

According to notes in Pen. MSS. 128 and 139 he d. in 1587 . The date of his birth is not known, but in englynion , which he composed in 1587 on his sick bed, lines occur which may imply that he was then approaching 60 (see N.L.W. MS. 253, f. 211 ). In Pen. MS. 128 his mother's name is given as Gwennhwyvar verch Ed. ap M'd , and his wife's name as Margred verch Ed. ap Rys . Fifteen of his children are named. In his genealogy he is referred to as Edward ap Roger ap John ap Elis Euthyn of Ruabon (see Pen. MSS. 74, 128, 130, 139 , and others). This John ap Elis is said to have been the person of that name from Watstay, Denbs. , who fought at Bosworth Field in 1485 , and whose tomb can be seen in Ruabon church .

Pen. MS. 34 , Pen. MS. 128 , and B.M. Add. MS. 14967 were once in his possession. The last two manuscripts are known by his name and parts of them may be in his own hand. References to manuscripts in his possession can be seen in Pen. MSS. 74, 132, 134, 135, 136, and 139 .


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959