CADWALADR, ' Sir ' RHYS (fl. 1666-1690), cleric and poet

Name: Rhys Cadwaladr
Gender: Male
Occupation: cleric and poet
Area of activity: Poetry; Religion
Author: Norma Gwyneth Hughes

Of Celynin, near Conway, according to Siôn Edwart, but of the 'College' in that town, according to his own testimony (Llanstephan MS 15 (37)). The first date we have for him is 1666; he wrote a poem to one of the Gwydir family in 1674 and many poems to various members of the Mostyn family, one being to Thomas Mostyn at the New Year, 1678. We have no further dated poem after 1689, when he wrote a poem on the death of Thomas Jones, astronomer, of Corwen. He himself died in the following year, 1690 (Llanstephan MS 15 (34)).

Much of his work is extant; it includes twenty-four englynion, translations from Horace and Seneca, and a poem on the death of John Hookes of Conway, ascribed to the poet, but said to have been written on behalf of William Fychan.


Published date: 1959

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