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Blackwell, John [pseud. Alun] (1797–1840), Welsh-language poet and writer, was born at Ponterwyl, Mold, Flintshire, the son of Peter Blackwell, collier, and his wife, Mary. He received no formal education, and at the age of eleven he was apprenticed as a shoemaker with ...

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Bowen, Euros (1904–1988), Church in Wales clergyman and Welsh-language poet, was born on 12 September 1904 at 112 High Street, Treorci, Rhondda, the second of the seven children of the Revd Thomas Bowen (1882–1948), a miner who had become a Congregational minister, and his wife, ...

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Clidro, Robin (fl. 1547), Welsh-language poet and minstrel, lived near Ruthin, Denbighshire. Although his surname suggests that he was of English extraction, persons bearing the name Cliderowe had lived in the area from the early part of the fourteenth century.

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Cynwal, Wiliam (d. 1587/8), Welsh-language poet, the eldest son of John ap Dafydd ap Hywel and his wife, Lowri, daughter of John ap Robert Palcws. He lived at Ysbyty Ifan, Denbighshire, where he combined farming with his profession as a bard; his home in 1567 was ...

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Cywyddwyr (act. c. 1330–c. 1650), Welsh-language poets, active from the late middle ages, are distinguished by their use of the cywydd as their principal metrical form.

The origins of the cywydd metre are uncertain, but it seems likely that it belonged to the domain of popular song before it was adopted by bardic poets in the second quarter of the fourteenth century, when it was given its strict form of couplets consisting of seven-syllable lines rhyming on stressed and unstressed syllables alternately, each line containing one of the elaborate harmonies of ...

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Davies, Margaret [Marged Dafydd] (c. 1700–1785?), Welsh-language poet and copyist, was the daughter of Dafydd or David Evans (d. 1729) of Coetgae-du, Trawsfynydd, Meirioneth, and his wife, Ann Dafydd (c.1664–1726). Little is known about the early life of Margaret Davies...

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Thompson Cooper

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Davies, Robert [pseud. Bardd Nantglyn] (1769–1835), Welsh-language poet, was born in the parish of Nantglyn, Denbighshire. He was a tailor by trade, and for four years (1800–04) lived in London, where he filled at intervals the offices of bard and secretary to the ...

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Dwnn, Lewys [Lewys ap Rhys ab Owain] (b. c. 1545, d. in or after 1616), Welsh-language poet and herald, was the son of Rhys ab Owain; he took the surname Dwnn from his mother, Katherine, daughter of Rhys Goch Dwnn of Gwestydd, Llanllwchaearn, Montgomeryshire...