DAVIES, CADWALADR (1704 -?), bard, ballad-writer, and collector

Name: Cadwaladr Davies
Date of birth: 1704
Parent: Lowry Thomas (née Cadwaladr)
Parent: Dafydd Thomas
Gender: Male
Occupation: bard, ballad-writer, and collector
Area of activity: History and Culture; Literature and Writing; Music; Performing Arts; Poetry
Author: Thomas Richards

of the ‘Piser Sioned’ poems (Bangor MS. 3212 (564)); born at Llanycil, Meironnydd, son of David Thomas and Lowry Cadwaladr. He kept a school at Dwyryd near Corwen, and at Tre'rddôl (this in 1740). The ‘Piser’ was gathered together in the years 1733-45, the main corpus being country songs and plygain carols, composed by homely bards of Penllyn and Edeirnion, the district of Cerrig-y-drudion, and the highlands of Hiraethog. Davies took great delight in astrology, in explaining vagaries of weather, and the interpretation of dreams, and the sacred significance of fast days; he did some doctor's work both on men and on animals. He was tenant to John Humphreys of Maerdy by Gwyddelwern from 1729 to 1739, but there is a record that he was asked to leave in 1743. Date of death uncertain.


Published date: 1959

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