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Robin Ddu Eryri Manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS RDDE

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Title: Robin Ddu Eryri Manuscripts

Short title: Robin Ddu Eryri Manuscripts

Dates of creation: c. 1850 - c. 1880

Level of description: fonds

Extent and medium: 4 items

Name of creator(s): Robin Ddu Eryri.

CONTEXT

Administrative and biographical history: Robin Ddu Eryri, as described by Thomas Richards, former librarian of the University of Wales Bangor, was a lecturer, a bard, a preacher, a teetotaller, a drunkard and a bounder!
He was born in Caernarfon in 1804 as Robert Parry the son of a tailor and bone doctor. He had several professions. He was an itinerant bard, a teacher, lecturer, preacher and a clerk in a solicitor's office. Robin Ddu Eryri also spoke on behalf of the Mormons and was editor of Y Wawr between 1850-1852. He died in 1892.
He composed hundreds of elegies and poems for weddings and a volume of his poetry was published in 1857 under the title, Teithiau Barddoniaeth Robyn Ddu, which also included his autobiography.

CONTENT

Scope and content: Manuscripts consisting of: a bound volume of letters, poems and miscellaneous items such as tickets and notices of lectures by Robin Ddu Eryri; a manuscript in the format of a diary recording Robin Ddu Eryri's trial and tribulations living amongst the Mormons in Wales, 1853-1854; an essay on John Elias; a form of Welsh dictionary, providing quick and witty definitions to common terms and names, beginning with 'adroddwr cofus' and finishing with 'uniondeb'.

ACCESS AND USE

System of arrangement: Manuscripts incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Conditions governing access: Open to all users.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: An item level typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 752-755

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ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Immediate source of acquisition: Items received in 1931.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related units of description: Further material relating to Robin Ddu Eryri is held at the Archives Department of the University of Wales. Consult the card index at the Department for further details.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, June 2002.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of description: Prior to 16-11-2004


INDEX ENTRIES

Subjects

Mormons | Wales | 19th century

Welsh poetry | 19th century

Personal names

Elias, John, 1774-1841

Robyn Ddu Eryri, 1804-1892

Corporate names

Places