A descendant of the family of Caradog ap Iestyn ap Gwrgant. According to some genealogists (e.g. Gruffudd Hiraethog in Pen. MS. 178, i, 43) he married the daughter of Tomas ab Ifor Hael. Bards from North and South Wales were entertained at his court at Baglan, and two cywyddau addressed to him remain in manuscript, one by Ieuan Ddu ap Dafydd ab Owain, and the other by Iorwerth Fynglwyd. A large number of his own poems remain, including a cywydd in praise of Owain Tudur of Penmynydd during his imprisonment at Newgate, an elegiac cywydd on the death of his children, along with a diatribe against the plague which killed them, a cywydd to his son, and an awdl to one of his daughters. Apparently the account given by Iolo Morganwg of the poet's part in a Glamorgan campaign in support of Owain Glyndwr, his escape to Anglesey, and his return from there on payment of a fine, is fictitious.
Published date: 1959
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