BEDO HAFESP (fl. 1568-1585), poet of Montgomeryshire

Name: Bedo Hafesp
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet of Montgomeryshire
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Norma Gwyneth Hughes

He graduated as a ‘Disgybl Pencerddaidd’ at the second Caerwys eisteddfod in 1568. It appears from the satirical exchange of compositions which passed between him and Ifan Tew (Ieuan Tew 2) that he was at one time a sergeant at Newtown in Cedewen (Cardiff MS. 65, f. 112). Fourteen of his poems are extant, mainly addressed to members of important families in the county. Edmund Prys judged that his skill was equal to that of poets like Owain Gwynedd, Siôn Tudur, Ifan Tew, Rhys Cain, etc. (Llanst. MS. 43 (22)). The last date appertaining to him is 1585, when he wrote a poem on the death of Siôn Gruffydd of Llŷn.


Published date: 1959

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