GRUFFUDD HAFREN (fl. c. 1600), a poet

Name: Gruffudd Hafren
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Ray Looker

(presumably of Montgomeryshire) of whose work many examples remain in manuscripts. These include poems to various members of the families of Gogerddan (Llanstephan MS 118 (376)), Llyweni (N.L.W. MSS. 6494 (29, 44), 6495 (64), 6496 (281b) apparently in the poet's own handwriting), and Henllys in Pembrokeshire (Llanstephan MS 133 (773)). He wrote two cywyddau in praise of Dr. John Davies of Mallwyd (N.L.W. MS. 5269 (393b, 405)), and elegies to the two poets, Siôn Phylip (N.L.W. MS. 799 (40)) and Thomas Penllyn (Cwrtmawr 11 (189)). A bardic controversy or ymryson, took place - Rhisiart Phylip and Gruffudd Hafren against Siôn Phylip and Ieuan Tew (Llanstephan MS 133 (497-500)); and a shorter one occurred between Roger Cyffin and Gruffudd (Cwrtmawr MS. 206 (101)). No details have been found regarding his life.


Published date: 1959

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