HUW CEIRIOG (fl. c. 1560-1600), poet

Name: Huw Ceiriog
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Ray Looker

and native of Denbighshire who graduated in the fourth bardic grade at the Caerwys eisteddfod of 1568 (Pen. MS. 132 (59)). Some of his poems remain in manuscript, and these include light-hearted cywyddau on love and nature, others written to Simon Thelwall of Plas y Ward, John Salusbury of Llyweni (elegy), and one in praise of Plas Moelyrch. He also wrote an englyn on the above-mentioned eisteddfod. The following manuscripts contain examples of his work: B.M. Add. MS. 14894; Cardiff MS. 63; Llanst. MS. 118; Mostyn MS. 145; N.L.W. MSS. 6496, 8330; Peniarth MSS. 84, 104.

The name Hywel Ceiriog appears instead of Huw in some manuscript lists of the 1568 Caerwys graduate poets (e.g. Pen. MSS. 121 (215), 144 (268)); and a bardic controversy occurred between Hywel Ceiriog, Wiliam Llŷn, Ieuan Tew and Siôn Phylip, and the two poets, Wiliam Cynwal and Huw Llŷn (Mostyn MS. 1 (455); N.L.W. MS. 675 (24b)). The connection between these two names has not yet been established.


Published date: 1959

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