Early Modern Period

View digital versions of manuscripts from the early modern period.

Tread the boards with a Cornish play, or study the starts through an astrological text transcribed by Dr John Dee.

Beunans Ke

Manuscript of a Middle Cornish play about St Ke, discovered in 2000.

Elis Gruffudd's Chronicle

A 16th century manuscript by Elis Gruffudd, who attempts to chronicle the history of the world from it's Creation through to 1552.


A volume of astrological texts from the 1490s by Johannes Trithemius (1462-1516) transcripted in 1591 by Dr John Dee (1527-1609).

Brogyntyn Lute Book

A manuscript containing music for the lute copied about 1595 and transcripts of poems, elegies and legal miscellanea.


A manuscript containing plays, poems, elegies and miscellaneous notes written in English, Welsh and Latin.

Wmffre Dafis' Book of Cywyddau

A volume of Welsh cywyddau and awdlau (15th-16th cent.) written by Wmffre Dafis, which includes work by Dafydd ap Gwilym and Guto'r Glyn.

Payments to a serving maid

A manuscript shedding light on the subject of working women's dress circa 1600.

Morgan Llwyd

Unfinished dialogue in the hand of Morgan Llwyd (1619-1659), author and mystic.

Liber B, John Davies of Mallwyd

A number of copies of important Welsh manuscripts by Dr John Davies, Mallwyd (c. 1570-1644).

Poetry in Prose

A manuscript (c.1628-48) which includes religious texts, a collection of prose and cywyddau, an essay against conjurers and wizards, popular superstitions and much

History of the Gwydir Family

A copy, 1669, of History of the Gwydir family by Syr John Wynn (1553-1627).

Merryell Williams's Book of Recipes

A volume of cooking and medicinal recipes collected by Merryell Williams of the Ystumcolwyn Estate, Montgomeryshire, towards the end of the 17th century and beginning of the 18th century.

Geirlyer Kyrnwèig

A Cornish dictionary compiled by the scholar Edward Lhuyd at the beginning of the 18th century.

Williams Pantycelyn

Religious poetry in the hand of William Williams (1717-1791), Wales's most eminent hymnwriter.

Goronwy Owen

A poem by Goronwy Owen (1723-1769), one of Wales's most important eighteenth-century poets.

Llyfr Melyn Tyfrydog

A volume of pedigrees, poems and antiquarian notes, dated 1766 in the hand of the bard and gentleman Hugh Hughes from Llwydiarth Esgob, Anglesey.

Early Tourists

Two well-to-do visitors from England tell of their travels in Wales, 1772 and 1801.

Thomas Jones Pencerrig manuscripts

Two manuscripts providing valuable biographical information of Thomas Jones, Pencerrig

History of the British Bards

Notes by Iolo Morganwg (Edward Williams, 1747-1826) about bards and druids.

Other Early Modern Period manuscripts available to view

Dictionarium Latino-Cambricum Thomas Wiliems Reference: Peniarth MS 228 i

Dictionarium Latino-Cambricum Thomas Wiliems Reference: Peniarth MS 228 ii

Dictionarium Latino-Cambricum Thomas Wiliems Reference: Peniarth MS 228 iii

Trwydded pencerdd Gruffudd Hiraethog Reference: Peniarth MS 194

Epistolau bugeiliol St Paul Reference: NLW MS 17115E

Lewis Morris' De Historia Piscium Reference: NLW MS 24052E

Letters to Abraham Ortelius, 1568-1571 Reference: NLW MS 13187E




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