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

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

A native of Denbighshire who graduated in the fourth bardic grade at the Caerwys eisteddfod of 1568 (Peniarth 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; Llanstephan MS 118 ; NLW MS 3048D ; NLW MS 6496C , NLW MS 8330B ; Peniarth MS 84 (Llyfr Dafydd Cayo ), Peniarth MS 104 .

The name Hywel Ceiriog appears instead of Huw in some manuscript lists of the 1568 Caerwys graduate poets (e.g. Peniarth MS 121 (215), Peniarth MS 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 (NLW MS 3021F (455); NLW MS 675A (24b)). The connection between these two names has not yet been established.


Published date: 1959

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