MORRIS, ROGER, of Coed-y-talwrn, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd (fl. 1590), transcriber of manuscripts

Name: Roger Morris
Gender: Male
Occupation: transcriber of manuscripts
Home: Coed-y-talwrn
Place: Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd
Area of activity: History and Culture; Literature and Writing
Author: Evan David Jones

Nothing is known of his private life. He wrote an exceptionally neat hand, and he had opportunities to copy some of the older Welsh manuscripts, e.g. the ‘Black Book of Carmarthen’ and the ‘White Book of Rhydderch,’ possibly through friendships with Jasper Griffith. His interests were wide and there remain of his transcription collections of lives of saints (Llanst. 34), a botanology (N.L.W. 4581), heraldic, genealogical, and historical texts in Welsh and English (Mostyn 113, Pen. 168), poetry (Llanst. 9, N.L.W. 1553), the Mabinogion and romances (Mostyn 135), grammars (Pen. 169), and anecdotes and miscellanea (Llanwrin 1). It is obvious from references by other copyists that all his work has not survived. A notable feature of his writing is that he adopted the orthography of Dr. Gruffydd Robert, and under-dotted letters instead of doubling them. A number of his manuscripts had come into the possession of Thomas Evans, Hendreforfudd, by 1607.


Published date: 1959

Article Copyright: