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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.


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.


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'.


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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Immediate source of acquisition: Items received in 1931.


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.


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



Mormons | Wales | 19th century

Welsh poetry | 19th century

Personal names

Elias, John, 1774-1841

Robyn Ddu Eryri, 1804-1892

Corporate names