Manuscript of 'The Gododdin' by William Owen Pughe, with facing English translation, and other papers. Edit




  • 1784-1785. (Creation)


  • 115 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

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  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    Formerly Gaelic MS.CXIII.

    Formerly Skene MS.XVII.II.1.

  • Arrangement

    xx (mostly blank) + 210 pages.

  • Scope and Contents

    The manuscript was written during 1784-1785 (see pages iii, 198) by William Owen Pughe (1759-1835), co-editor of ‘The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales’. For further transcripts of the work in his hand see the following National Library of Wales manuscripts: 13240 B; 21281 E, page 231, column a; Erfyl Fychan papers.

    The contents are as follows.

    (i) Line from an ‘awdl’ ascribed to Casnodyn: ‘Cyn glas ved cyn glassu vyggran’. ‘The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales’, volume 1, page 431. (Page i.)

    (ii) Note by John Williams (i.e. John William Prichard) of Plas-y-brain, Anglesey, dated 2 January 1790, requesting ‘Darluniad Cymru’; this may be one of Owen Pughe’s maps of Wales, dated 1788, published in Warrington’s ‘History of Wales’. (Page v.)

    (iii) Cynddelw. ‘Gwelais ar vorwyn vwyn vawr rydig’, 8 lines. ‘The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales’volume 1, page 252. With pen-and-ink drawing. (Page xix.)

    (iv) Aneirin. Y Gododdin. ‘Creddf gwr oed gwas’, 920 lines. William Forbes Skene, ‘Four ancient books of Wales’, volume 1, pages 374-409 and volume 2, pages 62-92. For a modern edition see Sir Ifor Williams, ‘Canu Aneirin’, and for a commentary in English see Jackson, ‘The Gododdin: The oldest Scottish poem’. (Page xx.)

    (v) Blank from here save for lists of subscribers to unnamed work (pages 202, 210). (Page 200.)

  • Bibliography

    The manuscript has been previously catalogued in: John Mackechnie, ‘Catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in selected libraries in Great Britain and Ireland’ (Boston, 1973), pages 275, and Donald Mackinnon, “Descriptive catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in the Advocates' library, Edinburgh, and elsewhere in Scotland” (Edinburgh, 1912), page 273 (B 1).

    Jackson, K H. ‘The Gododdin: The oldest Scottish poem’ (Edinburgh, 1969).

    Pughe, William Owen.‘The Myvyrian Archaiology of Wales’, 3 volumes (London, 1801-1807).

    Skene, William Forbes. ‘Four ancient books of Wales’ (Edinburgh, 1868).

    Warrington, William. ‘The history of Wales, in nine books: with an appendix’ (London, 1786).

    Williams, Ifor. ‘Canu Aneirin’ (Cardiff, 1938).