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Gruffudd, Elis (b. c. 1490, d. in or after 1556), copyist and chronicler, was born at Gronant Uchaf, Gwesbyr, Llanasa, Flintshire. He himself is the source for almost all that is known of his life and career, though a few details are supplied or confirmed by external references. His genealogy has not been recorded, but he appears to have inherited a small estate which became the subject of legal wrangling, and he probably had wide family and social connections as one of the minor gentry in ...

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Hardyng, John (b. 1377/8, d. in or after 1464), chronicler and forger, is of unknown parentage, but was probably born in Northumberland. Almost all the details of his life are derived from his own writings. He says that he entered the household of ...

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Ó Cléirigh, Míchél [Michael O'Clery] (b. in or after 1590?, d. 1643?), scribe and chronicler, was born at Kilbarron, near Ballyshannon in south co. Donegal, the youngest of four sons of Donnchadh, a grandson of Tuathal Ó Cléirigh (d. 1512), and a member of a hereditary learned family; his mother was ...