HUW PENNANT (fl. c. 1565-1619), poet

Name: Huw Pennant
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Eisteddfod; Poetry
Author: Ray Looker

A graduate (third grade) of the eisteddfod held in 1568 at Caerwys (Peniarth MS 132 (59), and Peniarth MS 144 (268)). Nothing is known regarding his life, but a large number of his poems (awdlau, cywyddau and englynion) remain. The large majority of these are eulogies, elegies, and begging-poems to members of various landed families of North Wales, including those of Bodeon, Bodfel, Bodrhyddan, Brynkir, Cefnamwlch, Cefnllanfair, Clenennau, Corsygedol, Glynllifon, Llyweni, Madryn, Myfyrian, Mysoglen, Penrhyn, Plas Du in Eifionydd, Plas Newydd in Anglesey, Porthamel, Rhiwedog, Rhiwlas and Ystumcegid. The following are some of the manuscripts containing his poetry: Brogyntyn MSS. 3, 6; Cwrtmawr MS 454B ; Glyn Davies MS. 2 (N.L.W.); Llanstephan MS 123 , Llanstephan MS 124 , Llanstephan MS 125 ; NLW MS 16B , NLW MS 279D , NLW MS 560B , NLW MS 6494D , NLW MS 6496C (the items in the last two being apparently in the poet's own hand). The work of this poet should be distinguished from that of ' 'Syr' Huw Pennant who lived in the previous century.


Published date: 1959

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