GRUFFUDD, IFAN or IEUAN (c. 1655 - c. 1734), poet

Name: Ifan Gruffudd
Date of birth: c. 1655
Date of death: c. 1734
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Geraint Bowen

Born at Tŵr-gwyn, Tredraur ('Troed-yr-aur'), Cardiganshire, where he died, 'being nearly 80 years of age.' Between 1672 and 1722 he wrote a considerable number of carols of the type known as halsingod and in 1718 published, jointly with Samuel Williams of Llandyfrïog, a selection of them, bearing the title Pedwar o Ganuau. Only one of his cywyddau survives - the ' Cywydd i'r Iesu o gynnildeb wyneb yngwrthwyneb ' printed in Meddylieu Neillduol ar Grefydd (1717). He produced a number of englynion and at least one 'summer carol.' We hear of him being present at the Machynlleth eisteddfod, 1702, where he was lampooned by Siôn Rhydderch. Iaco ab Dewi wrote a poem in his honour, while Siencyn Thomas of Cwm-du and Alban Thomas of Blaen-porth wrote elegies upon him.


Published date: 1959

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