son of Howel ap Siôn Ieuan of the parish of Dolgelley, also a bard. He was contemporary with Gruffydd Phylip and sang to many of the families to whom that bard sang. On the evidence of the eighteen (or so) cywyddau by him which survive, Harri Howel sang to members of houses ranging from Bodwrdda (west Caernarfonshire), Gwaenynog and Llwyn Ynn (in the vale of Clwyd), to Nannau and Hafod Dywyll (near Dolgelley) and to Dolau-gwyn near Towyn, Mer. It is probable that, like Siôn Phylip, he farmed his own land — there survives to this day a ‘Ffridd Harri Howel’ on the borders of the parishes of Dolgelley and Llanfachreth. He composed an elegy on the death of John Myddelton, Gwaenynog, in 1637 and a cywydd on the marriage of Robert Owen, parson of Llangelynnin, Mer., 1671.
Published date: 1959
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