SION MOWDDWY (fl. c. 1575-1613), poet

Name: Sion Mowddwy
Gender: Male
Occupation: poet
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Enid Pierce Roberts

He sang the praises of the aristocracy throughout Wales, from Mostyn to Glamorgan. There were occasions when he spent a long time in Glamorgan. He indulged in flyting poetry with Meurug Dafydd of Llanishen concerning the rights of the strolling bards in Gwent and that neighbourhood, c. 1575-80, and he also had a poetic disputation with Llywelyn Siôn of Llangewydd. He is not mentioned as one of the bards who attended the eisteddfod at Caerwys, 1567; he may have been too young. There is no foundation for Iolo Morganwg's story that he was the son of the 'Red Tinker of Mawddwy,' that he followed his father's trade, and that he married an heiress in Mawddwy.


Published date: 1959

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