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 (Llanstephan MS 34 ), a botanology (N.L.W. 4581), heraldic, genealogical, and historical texts in Welsh and English (Mostyn 113, Pen. 168), poetry (Llanstephan MS 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

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