DAFYDD GORLECH (1410? - 1490?), a writer of cywyddau brud (vaticinations)

Name: Dafydd Gorlech
Date of birth: 1410?
Date of death: 1490?
Gender: Male
Occupation: writer of cywyddau brud (vaticinations)
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Raymond Wallis Evans

'Dafydd Gorlech Caermden' according to Peniarth MS 49 (167b). Twenty-five cywyddau are attributed to him in the manuscripts, but eleven of these are attributed to other writers as well. Among the fourteen attributed to him alone there is a cywydd which begins 'Am eryr braich môr a bryn' and contains references to Sir Roger Vaughan. Sir Roger was caught by Jasper Tudor in 1471 and executed at Chepstow (see G.G.G., 342). The poet is old and asks for protection. Couplets in the cywydd beginning 'Y brud hen wyd yn bratau' suggest that Dafydd Gorlech survived Dafydd Llwyd ap Llywelyn ap Gruffydd. His cywyddau contain references to prophecies attributed to Myrddin, Taliesin, and Y Bardd Glas.


Published date: 1959

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