OWAIN GWYNEDD (fl. c. 1550-1590), a poet

Name: Owain Gwynedd
Parent: Ieuan o Garno
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Eisteddfod; Poetry
Author: Ray Looker

He graduated as pencerdd cerdd dafod at the Caerwys eisteddfod of 1568 (Peniarth MS 121 (215), Peniarth MS 132 (60), Peniarth MS 144 (268)). No details are known concerning his life, but a large number of his poems remain in manuscripts. Most of these are addressed to various members of landed families in North Wales, including Lewys Owain of Dolgelley and his sons, Siôn Owain Fychan of Llwydiarth, Siôn Salbri of Llyweni, Dafydd Llwyd ap Wiliam of Peniarth, and Dafydd Llwyd ap Huw ab Ifan of Ynys y Maengwyn. He composed an elegy to the poet ' Sir ' Owain ap Gwilym, and poems of ymryson, or controversy, to Wiliam Llŷn, and to Hugh Arwystl; he also wrote religious poems, a poem on the snow, and a number of various englynion, which include one composed by him when on his sick bed.


Published date: 1959

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